After Joe Louis’s days inside the ropes ended, his focus shifted from the boxing ring to the golf course.
And Canelo Alvarez may be the next best boxer to do so.
On Saturday night, Alvarez, 31, lost a fight for the first time since 2013. Although he plans to continue fighting for the foreseeable future, he could embark on a second career in golf, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Alvarez chose golf in May 2019 and became a passion for it because he says he practices four hours a day.
“I love what golf brings to my life,” Alvarez said. “It’s a challenge for me to become a better golfer and a better player. Golf makes me feel calm in my personal life, and boxing too.”
The Mexican currently has 10 disabilities and has shown his talent with a club despite having started the sport only three years ago. He taught it at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year and Almost an ace. And in 2021, he won the BMW Charity Pro-Am Tour on the Korn Ferry Tour. In June, he plans to represent Mexico at the Liberty National in the USA in exchange for a nine-hole match-play event.
“[Alvarez] “I love golf just as much as anyone I have ever seen,” said Aaron Dixheimer, one of Alvarez’s coaches who played on the McKenzie Tour. “The only thing that caught my eye was his dedication to improving. It’s amazing to see his confidence in himself.”
And when Alvarez leaves the field, his love of golf follows him home.
“My wife is always mad at me, but I love golf. I tell her there are many televisions around the house – you can put whatever you want next to the golf channel,” Alvarez joked.
Many former athletes such as Tony Romo, John Smoltz and Marty Fish have excelled in the celebrity circuits, while Scott Draper and Althea Gibson have reached the professional level.
And Lewis, of course, became one of the most influential amateur golfers of all time, helping to integrate the sport.
Although Alvarez is currently focused on avenging his recent loss to Dimitri Bevol, the Guadalajara native appears ready to follow in the footsteps of the Brown Bomber after his boxing career and, like Lewis, help introduce a new audience to the sport.
Thomas Brooks, founder and CEO of The Icons Series, said, “Golf has stereotypes. It’s not a sport you can associate with a Hispanic fighter. It’s only rare. Canelo’s passion for golf will help grow the sport in Mexico — there’s no doubt about it. To have a greater impact on the growth of golf in Mexico than for any professional Mexican golfer because a lot of Mexicans love boxing.”