Canelo Alvarez (50-1-1) is once again getting closer to a mega fight with Gennady Golovkin, but Golden Boy’s most popular fighter can be hard to predict. Is he going to fight Billy Joe Saunders prior to GGG?
Or is he apt to take an alternate route once more by fighting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catch weight?
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1-1 NC) is working on getting his career back on track. By beating Dominik Britsch on Dec. 10th he proved that he could hit the weight limit if he puts his mind into it. To finalize his contract to face Canelo Alvarez he’s practically agreed to all of Alvarez’ stipulations.
But like his previous negotiations with GGG, Canelo seems to be making it difficult for the contract to be fully agreed upon.
Canelo Alvarez hard to deal with
He’s Golden Boys most popular fighter, but his reputation is taking a toll for fighting lesser-known opponents. People have gone to the point of accusing Canelo Alvarez of “cherry-picking” his opponents. Who knows what he may be up to against Julio Cesar Chavez jr. The latter claims Canelo is making it more difficult than it’s supposed to.
“The negotiations are still going, but there has been no willingness on the part of another Mexican fighter, because he wants to get 5x more money than us, which is something that I find unfair. We do not want more, we are giving them more – but that is the right thing to do, especially because it is the fight that people want to see. And if they do not accept, then it’s not us who aren’t interested in the fight,” Julio Cesar Chavez said in a report by BoxingScene.
The weight limit is said to be set at 165 lbs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has agreed to it, as well as giving in to a smaller portion of the finances. But Canelo isn’t done yet.
“I accepted 165 lbs, and everything that they asked of me I accepted. We agreed to be the one to take less money. Because that is something that’s right to do, not them with their childish whims…” Chavez jr. added.
Miguel Cotto pursues Canelo Alvarez for 2017
2017 is going to be Miguel Cotto ‘s final year in boxing. He plans to fight 2 or 3 times before calling it quits.
“This is the last year of my career and I want to end my career in the best way possible,” Miguel Cotto said, according to LarryBrownSports. “I knew I wanted to come back and this is the way that I want to do it. I want to have two or three fights this year. We will see.”
Miguel Cotto lost to Canelo Alvarez in Nov. 2015. He claims that it was a close fight that he could have won, although the scorecards say otherwise. Canelo never seemed in trouble the whole time as well.
“I’m here for the best fights and the best fighters out there, so if Canelo Alvarez wants to fight, to clear what happened November 2015, they know where to find me,” Miguel Cotto added. “It was close. We orchestrated the plan in a perfect way and we believe that we were the winners of the fight.”
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