It’s Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (Canelo vs. Chavez) in this year’s “Cinco de Mayo” match-up. The huge match-up is set May 6, Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.
The fight will be available on HBO Pay-Per-View (PPV) with the weight limit at 164.5 pounds. The Canelo vs. Chavez bout is seen as the first big match-up in 2017 with both fighters having large followings in Mexico and the U.S.
Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 knockouts) is already a known PPV star and currently one of the faces of boxing. The 26-year-old Mexican holds the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super welterweight title and the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight belt.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 knockouts) was touted as one of the better prospect in recent years though he lost his titles. He lost to Andrezj Fonfara for the vacant WBC international light heavyweight title in April 2015 and to Sergio Martinez for the WBC middleweight title in September 2012.
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“I’m excited to announce my fight against Julio César Chávez, Jr. and confirm that I will be prepared, like I’ve been throughout my career, to give a great fight. I want to remind you that when two Mexican fighters face-off, a spectacular show is guaranteed, and I can assure you that May 6 will be no exception especially during the Cinco de Mayo festivities,” Alvarez stated via the official press release.
“Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day in September are important dates for us Mexicans, and I’m expecting a great night for boxing and the whole world. Don’t miss this special event live on HBO Pay-Per-View. We’ll soon be announcing where the fight will be held.”
Meanwhile, Chavez Jr., who is the underdog in this bout said he is dedicating the fight for Mexico and promises to get the win against the favorite and more skilled Alvarez. Alvarez’s lone loss in his career came against the controversial fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I dedicate this fight to Mexico. I’m going to win, but my country will too because this is the fight that boxing needs,” Chavez Jr. added.
Oscar De La Hoya, the former boxer and current head of Golden Boy Promotions, said that the Canelo vs. Chavez fight will bring back the “casual fans” of the sport. He cited Canelo’s popularity and Chavez’s history as two of the factors why fight fans will be excited about the match-up.
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