Sell Out: Canelo vs. Chavez Jr.

By Robert Ecksel on March 4, 2017
Sell Out: Canelo vs. Chavez Jr.
"I have started to spar with heavier partners, which everyone will notice come fight night."

Fighting at a catchweight, the bout is of moderate interest to the cognoscenti, who see the result as a foregone conclusion…

The May 6 superfight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vega, Nevada, between Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), the red-haired wunderkind from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico,  and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs), the Son of a Legend from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, has sold out.

Fighting at a catchweight, the bout is of moderate interest to the cognoscenti, who see the result as a foregone conclusion. But the fans think otherwise and have scooped up the more than 20,000 tickets sold in little more than a week.

“Big fights sell, and as anyone can see from the fact that we sold out Las Vegas’ biggest boxing venue less than 10 days after tickets became available,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya. “Canelo-Chavez, Jr. is a huge fight.  Now that T-Mobile Arena is full, we will soon announce venues for showing the fight on closed circuit for fans still planning to come to celebrate in Las Vegas, and fans can of course see the fight in the comfort of their own homes on HBO Pay-Per-View.”

Canelo could sell snow cones to Eskimos.

“It’s a new weight, so I have started to spar with heavier partners, which everyone will notice come fight night,” he said. “Fights between Mexicans are usually the biggest, and I want this fight to be a mark on the legacy that many fights like this have left behind in Mexico’s fight history.

“I think that a rivalry does exist, and we are both polemic fighters. There have been a lot of comments directed towards me and my character, and I fight for pride to represent my country.

“We are of course are training at 100 percent. I think what makes this fight interesting is that we are both heavy punchers. I’ve been in my fair share of mega-fights, and the boxing ring is my home. I have had the same people in my
corner since the very beginning, and I trust Chepo and Eddy to fully support me in my corner.”

Chavez Jr. claims to have turned over a new leaf. He is older and wiser and is presumably ready for Canelo.

“I’ve been making my way to this fight,” Chavez said. “My last fight was at 168 pounds. This fight isn’t going to be any different from any other fight that I have had in the past.

“This is going to be a tough fight. Every fight is important, and this one especially because it is between two Mexicans fighting each other for the glory. The fight could not have come at a more perfect timing—both my and Canelo’s names are known throughout the world as some of the best fighters. My two losses against Martinez and Fonfara taught me more than all 50 of my wins. This fight has the potential to open many doors to my future that might have been closed before.

“With Nacho Beristain in my corner, I have a lot of knowledge on my side. It’s symbolic because he has his name etched as one of the greats, and this is a tribute to him and is a contribution to Mexican boxing.”

To sweeten the pot, which is in need of some sweetening, former super lightweight champion Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs), “La Maquina” from Junin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, returns to active duty after his knockout loss to Viktor Postol a year and a half ago, to get it on with Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (20-4, 14 KOs), from Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, in something of a gimme.

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  1. tetumbo 10:56am, 03/06/2017

    “Thanks” IRISH but how many times can somebody watch Ramon Ayala? meanwhile, i’ll be sure to let you know when Ryan Dolan is in town. not my cup of tea but whatever rocks your boat.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:24am, 03/06/2017

    @tetumbo-Ramon Ayala & Sus Bravos Del Norte plus Ramon Jr will be at the Edgewater on May 27….tickets going fast!

  3. NYIrish 06:04pm, 03/05/2017

    How do you say Blarney en Espanol ?

  4. tetumbo 04:26pm, 03/05/2017

    Btw, Canelo won a LMW-belt at a catchweight vs. Cotto who also won it at a catchweight. Boxing pundits consistently give Pacquiao credit for an “8th division title” in the form of a made-up “diamond-belt” that Pacquiao won v. a one-eyed Margarito at a catchweight. little Gennady challenged Ward to a catchweight-bout and recently said he would go down to 154lbs to fight a 40-year-old Mayweather coming off of a two-year layoff and presumably for little Gennady’s MW-belts. even after all of his sanctimonious posturing about the integrity of LMW-belts to avoid negotiating and confirming a catchweight-bout v. Canelo between 155lbs-158lbs, which would’ve been no problem for a fighter who recently boasted about being at 165lbs 30 days before fight-night. accordingly, i’m calling BullShit” on the blatant hypocrisy and double-standards constantly being imposed on one group of fighters to assuage the dwindling hopes of one particular fanbase. now more than ever Mexican and Chicano fight-fans need to assert their purchasing power and influence to generate the fights we want to see between the fighters we prefer to watch in action. it’s also high-time that this same influence begin to replace partisan and disconnected boxing bloggers with actual boxing experts with no agenda beyond preserving the competitive integrity of the fight-game instead of shilling for promotional interests. at which point, this figures to be an intense and perhaps even desperate battle for pride and ring-glory and potential FOY, as usual.

  5. tetumbo 04:10pm, 03/05/2017

    “Fighting at a catchweight, the bout is of moderate interest to the cognoscenti”. I’ve become pretty fatigued with this childish envy among a certain boxing minority without a fight-date of their own to get excited about. Otherwise, as you can see, the interest of the “cognoscenti” is irrelevant for a Cinco de Mayo showdown designed for boxing’s most dedicated fanbase. You know(?), the one that essentially saved boxing from descending to roller-derby status. Be grateful or indifferent. Your presence isn’t being solicited and your absence won’t be noticed.

  6. Old Yank 01:39pm, 03/04/2017

    Anyone wanna bet that Chavez does not make the catch weight?

  7. Moon Man 06:49am, 03/04/2017

    And yet Canelo was too “small” to fight GGG.

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