There's no love lost between boxing's Canelo Alvarez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
May 06 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Big fight fever is prevalent in the sweet science this weekend with the biggest fight of the year in the USA so far taking place between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The two are scheduled to fight in a 164.5 pound catch weight boxing match Saturday in Las Ve.
The atmosphere so far in Vegas looks to be electric and all eyes now turn to today's Canelo vs Chavez weigh in with both fighters due to get to the scales around 2.30pm local time in Vegas, 5.30pm ET (10.30pm in the UK). They box for no title, but a great deal of personal pride, at an 164 1/2lbs catchweight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) has knockout wins over Liam Smith, Amir Khan, and James Kirkland in his last three bouts.
Would Team Golovkin accept the fight at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds? The 31-year-old was undefeated with a 46-0-1 record before losing two of his last six fights.
In this fight, Canelo is seeking to solidify his status as Mexico's best current fighter, as well as its most popular one; Chavez, on the other hand, is eyeing redemption - for unrealized potential and to finally be worthy of carrying his father's name into the ring.
"All of the support the fans are giving this fight, that's why I'm extra motivated to give them a good fight", Alvarezsaid. Chavez lost his middleweight title to Sergio Martinez in a fight he admittedly didn't take seriously.
Chavez speaks like he takes responsibility for his past misgivings.
Being the boxing son of the most revered and greatest champion in the rich history of Mexican boxing is hard enough. There is no denying Alvarez will be at a significant physical disadvantage facing someone who will likely outweigh him by 10 pounds or more, will stand four inches taller and will hold a almost 3-inch reach advantage, all assets Chavez the Younger believes have left Alvarez in a dark place with which he is not familiar.
Alvarez believes he can do the same thing to Chavez. A victory will get him a sure ticket to a megafight against undefeated Gennady Golovkin.
"A lot of people are used to me being quiet and just focusing on the fight", said Alvarez, sporting a thin red beard. "I think I bring more to the table than he does". "I came here to win, not just to fight". Alvarez refused to fight for the belt even though he knew he would receive criticism since the Huichol are indigenous Mexicans. Throughout the night of May 6, fans will see a range of great action fights from some of our top prospects; to battles of undefeated contenders; to the return of former world champions. That might be one of the reasons why Chavez Jr. has fought most of his career at medium to close range in his fights. Alvarez seeks to be "light and fast", his promoter Eric Gomez said, and expects to be around 175 pounds at the time of the fight. For Chavez this fight can be summarized in one word.
"This guy started off at 135 if I'm not mistaken", said Mayweather about Chavez Jr. when he started his boxing career as a teenager.