LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA –In a fight that quickly sold out T-Mobile Arena, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez holds a perceived advantage over the bigger heavier Julio Cesar-Chavez Jr, the son of Mexico’s most famous boxer.
This fight shows that while boxing might have been displaced by MMA among US fans, Mexico’s love of the sport has never diminished.
The fight is on today, so get a look while you can, here are ESPN’s predictions by two of the staff, and some snippets from NY Times.
Alvarez is in good form while Chavez Jr.’s career has stalled in recent years. I think Canelo will be too sharp, forcing a late stoppage. It will be interesting to see Canelo against a bigger opponent, and he will eventually wear down Chavez Jr.
Alvarez by KO
A bigger and slower Chavez Jr. will come forward bending low and get caught by Canelo’s uppercuts and sharp body shots, proving once and for all that bigger is not always better. Canelo by late-round KO.
On Saturday night — coinciding with the annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo weekend — two graduates of the Arum school of demographic targeting will cash in on that passion and loyalty. Chávez Jr. will challenge Saúl Álvarez, known as Canelo, the heir apparent to Chávez’s father among Mexican fight fans, in a middleweight title bout promoted by De La Hoya under the banner of Golden Boy Promotions.
The bout has already sold out T-Mobile Arena in the Las Vegas area and could sell more pay-per-view subscriptions than any boxing match since the blockbuster 2015 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.