Saùl “Canelo” Alvarez is an inspiration to Mexican boxers. It's no different for champion Yenesia Gomez.
“Canelo is an example of perseverance for me, mentioned Gomez whose words were translated by Marie-Ève Albert, from the 120 seconds podcast.
< p>“It's impossible to speak ill of him. It's impossible. He is a model of perseverance for all Mexican boxers. It is for this reason that I have a tattoo with the word perseverance written on my neck.
“His successes and his way of facing all the challenges are inspiring to me and others. »
Gomez did not hesitate to accept the invitation of the GYM Group for his sixth title defense. Even if she had to fight outside of her country for the first time in her career.
“I could have defended my belt in Mexico like the other times,” Gomez explained. However, my goal is to have international visibility with this duel. I prepared accordingly.
“It can be a distraction to fight in Quebec, but it was a risk that I was ready to take at this stage of my career. I intend to prove my worth in this fight.
“I no longer wanted to be considered only a champion who only fights at home. »
Some boxers are reluctant to fight abroad because they fear a local decision. Gomez is not afraid of this possibility in Quebec.
The judges will come from California, Florida and Quebec. The referee will be experienced Michael Griffin.
“I don't deal with the judges,” Gomez added. Neutral judges are always better. I'm here to do my job and I'm ready for anything.
“The best way not to have an unfavorable decision is to deliver a good performance. The judges will have no choice but to give me victory.
Eric Basran's fight has been cancelled. His opponent broke his hand in practice.