The Mexican fighter will move to a light-heavyweight to challenge Dmitry Bivol for the WBA championship.
Canelo Alvarez was clear from the beginning. He is not consuming meat to acquire the right weight.
According to Alvarez, he began a vegan diet because he can adapt his eating habits, no matter if it’s chicken, fish, or meat.
“I’m not very complicated when it comes to food, I adapt a lot, I adapt quickly,” Canelo told ESPN.
“It’s not something I did all of a sudden, that I left what I ate before, from one day to the next. All week I try to eat what is vegan and if one day I eat something else, meat, chicken, whatever, I eat it, there is no problem.”
Alvarez is considered the best boxer in the world. In 60 fights he has a record of 57 wins, 1 defeat -against Floyd Mayweather Jr.- and 2 ties.
Years before, Canelo tested positive for clenbuterol. The substance is known to boost muscle growth and eliminate excess fats.
Alvarez blamed tainted beef for his failed test. In some cases, beef could expose higher levels of clenbuterol in the blood.
However, Canelo Alvarez was suspended for six months.
In his next test, Canelo provided negative results for clenbuterol. The WBC understood that Canelo’s positive result was probably caused by tainted beef.
The WBC increased the threshold for the amount of clenbuterol found in a fighter’s body before considering it a failed test.
Canelo is preparing for his combat on May 7 in Las Vegas. He believed changing his diet was crucial to face Dmitry Bivol, who Canelo described as a great fighter.
“[Bivol is] a champion, he’s a good champion, and I like the idea of going back to 175, fighting the second-best fighter in that division,” Alvarez said.