Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), who said he will campaign as a full-fledged 160-pound middleweight following his showdown with Chavez, hasn’t lost a fight since dropping a majority decision against Floyd Mayweather in 2013 and enters the fight against Chavez as the favorite.
Chavez (50-2-1, 32 KOs), has won two fights in a row after a TKO loss to Andrzej Fonfara two years ago.
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Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Catch weight 164.5 pounds
David Lemieux vs. Marcos Reyes
Lucas Matthysse vs. Emmanuel Taylor
Joseph Diaz vs. Manuel “Tino” Avila
Ryan Garcia vs. Tyrone Luckey
Marlen Esparza vs. Samantha Salazar
Raul Curiel vs. TBA
Canelo Alvarez remains one of the most dominant fighters in boxing. The WBO super welterweight champion has yet to defend his title and still won’t this weekend when he battles Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas on May 6. Alvarez, who earned the title with a ninth-round TKO of Liam Smith last year, appears to not plan on defending the belt either. He has said he’s moving to middleweight full time after this fight, presumably with the intention of fighting Gennady Golovkin later in 2017.
Though that fight has been long discussed, many questions remain. But for now, Alvarez faces a stiff test in Chavez Jr., a power puncher willing to swing with Alvarez.
Oddsmakers appear to favor Alvarez even if this fight becomes a slugfest, however, installing Canelo as a large favorite at -650. A $100 bet on Chavez Jr. would return $475.
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Also fighting on the card is quick rising David Lemieux, who is a massive favorite against Marco Reyes in the co-main event. While there are no odds available, Lucas Matthysee and Joseph Diaz Jr. are both set to fight on the undercard and should be considered favorites over their foes this weekend.
Both men have bet their respective purses that they will win the fight – and it is fast gripping the boxing world as well as Mexico.
Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will do battle for the pride of Mexico this weekend
The two boxers will be fighting at a catchweight of 164.5lbs, and no official world title on the line. But both will feel the pride of their country means a lot more.
To represent that fact, there will be a belt on the line – the Adolfo Lopez Mateos belt to commemorate those winners of the fights held on or around the Cinco de Mayo and Independence Day.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the big fight.The Adolfo Lopez Mateos belt will be awarded to the winner – it commemorates those winners of the fights held on or around the Cinco de Mayo and Independence Day
Despite the fact that the fight is being broadcast live on HBO in the US, British boxing fans can watch all the action too.
The grudge match will be shown live on
BoxNation from 2am.
The main fight should start around two hours after that.On Saturday night, HBO Boxing returns to PPV with a strange sort of fight – Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Since the fight announcement there have been questions about why it was made, but as we get closer to fight night, interest is indeed there for this all-Mexico showdown.
In the lead-up to the fight, HBO has put together their latest installment of Face Off with Max Kellerman. It’s a chance to watch the two fighters come face to face while being forced to sit backwards in a chair as if that’s the most natural thing in the world. Watch the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Face Off video right here at Bloody Elbow (above) or on
HBO’s YouTube page.
This is an interesting edition of Face Off largely because of the role each man is playing in this fight build-up. To most fans. Chavez has been hated in recent fights due to his lack of effort in the gym and missing weight. But here, he openly mocks Canelo for his match-making choices (choices which, it has to be said, include fighting Chavez himself) and manages to ingratiate himself to fans. It’s a bit hampered by Chavez’s lack of comfort with the English language, but still, it’s an intriguing watch that, like all HBO videos, gets me just a bit more excited to see how things play out Saturday night.
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Oscar De La Hoya’s fate as a promoter will be determined, in many ways, by a guy whom he doesn’t promote, doesn’t have a relationship with and whom, for the better part of the second half of his career, has been as unreliable as it comes.
De La Hoya’s announcement in January that his star fighter, Canelo Alvarez, would take on the mercurial Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Cinco de Mayo weekend was panned by many critics for a variety of reasons.
Alvarez and De La Hoya had been putting off a fight with Gennady Golovkin because they insisted Alvarez wasn’t a middleweight (160-pound limit), only to announce the Chavez fight at a catchweight of 164.5 pounds. On top of that, Chavez is a massive guy who comes in easily 20 or 25 pounds heavier on fight night than Golovkin regularly does.
In addition, Chavez lacks discipline and had been fighting at light heavyweight because he simply didn’t put in the effort to make middleweight. Who can ever forget the scene on HBO’s “24/7” prior to Chavez’s 2012 title fight with Sergio Martinez, when Roach was standing alone in the gym, waiting for Chavez to arrive?
That was one of the many reasons fans and critics reacted negatively when De La Hoya announced the fight.
I wasn’t among those critics, though I’ve been highly critical of De La Hoya’s position relative to a potential Alvarez-Golovkin fight since late 2015.
It’s been clear for a couple of years that Alvarez is the only moneymaker De La Hoya has on his Golden Boy Promotions roster, and De La Hoya has gone to great lengths to protect him. This, despite the fact that Alvarez is an elite talent and doesn’t need Golden Boy or anyone else to protect him.
De La Hoya had Alvarez fight Amir Khan, who had primarily been a junior welterweight in his career, last Cinco de Mayo. Khan never had a chance in the bout, posed no threat and just about everyone knew it.
After the fight, De La Hoya feigned interest in an Alvarez-Golovkin fight, and shouted at the news conference for Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, to be ready for his phone call the next day. A handful of days later, Alvarez surrendered his title rather than agree to fight Golovkin.
That decision led to the disaster of a matchup on Mexican Independence Day Weekend, annually one of the biggest boxing weekends of the year, between Alvarez and the little-known
Liam Smith. Smith had even less of a chance of winning than Khan.
And then, in January, De La Hoya announced the Alvarez-Chavez fight, which will be held on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and many critics shredded the decision.
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