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Canelo Alvarez could have sold ice creams instead of earning millions in boxing

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez claims he would be an ice cream man instead of the world’s pound-for-pound king if he had listened to his dad.

Alvarez’s father used to have an ice cream business and wanted the Mexican ring legend to follow in his footsteps.

He helped out from the age of five until 17 when he had been a pro for two years to concentrate on his blossoming boxing career.

Alvarez, who faces Billy Joe Saunders in a super-middleweight unification clash in Texas in the early hours of Sunday, said: “My father advised me not to start boxing,” he said.

“He wanted me to study and to work with him in his store that he used to have selling ice creams.

“I helped him a lot when I was younger. He sold ice creams from vans and I helped him from when I was five until I was 17 until I was told I needed to devote my time to boxing.”

Alvarez, 30, was the youngest of seven boxing brothers and they achieved a world first when they fought on the same show to set a new record for the most siblings to appear on one card.

“It’s actually a Guinness world record,” he said. “We fought professionally, all seven together. Four of us won and three lost. I won.

“It was a great education for being a professional boxer to have brothers bigger than you who were also boxers, you know, boxers themselves.

“I’d fight with them often and they say that the youngest always learns the best and that’s what happened to me.”

Four-division world champion Alvarez wants to add Saunders’ WBO title to his WBA Super and WBC crowns in his quest to be undisputed at 168lbs.

The pair will clash in front of 70,000 fans at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington and Alvarez claims he would love to fight in the UK one day.

Alvarez is now promoted by Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn and said: “I would love to fight in England.

“For me it would be be great to go to England and fight in front of a lot of people there. I have a lot of fans there and I would love to fight there.

“First, I must take care of Saunders and I expect it to be a very competitive fight.

“I think he’s complicated as a fighter. He’s left-handed, has good movement, so it’s going to be a tough one in the first rounds.”

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