Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) took Mexican Bragging rights over his compatriot Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (50-3-1, 32 KOs) in a one-sided beatdown on Cinco De Mayo Weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, winning on all three scorecards by 120-108 across the board.
“Tonight, I showed I could move, I could box, I showed as a fighter I can do all things,” Alvarez said afterwards, “I thought I was going to showcase myself as a fighter that could throw punches, but he just wouldn’t do it. I’ve shown I can do lots of things in the ring, anything a fighter brings, I’ve shown I can showcase myself.”
Canelo took command of the contest from the start, Chavez Jr on the other hand offered very little in what can be considered one of the most one-sided contests of recent times.
Canelo used the jab to set up combinations, stalking his prey whilst Chavez Jr looked lost, walking forward sparingly throwing one punch at a time.
It could possibly be argued Canelo had more difficult sparring than the contest presented, even going as far as to stand in between rounds.
“I wanted to try something new,” he said. “I never sit down in sparring, and I didn’t want to sit here.”
Canelo landed a big shot in the fifth which sent Chavez Jr reeling but apart from anything else Junior did show his legendary father’s granite beard which shipped a lot of shots for the duration of the fight.
The trend of the contest continued thereafter, Canelo hoping that he could drag Chavez Jr into a fan friendly fight, but Julio was unconcerned with the occasion instead cutting a figure that looked sorry for himself, his only victory was making it to hear the final bell.
According to CompuBox, Alvarez landed 228 of 604 punches (38 percent) and Chavez landed just 71 of 302 (24 percent)
“I wanted to box, but he went to the ropes, and I just needed to throw more punches,” Chavez said. “I would’ve attacked more, but I would’ve been countered by his punches. [Trainer] Nacho [Beristain] told me to do that, but the strategy didn’t work. The speed and the distance was the key. I couldn’t throw as many punches as I wanted. My father kept telling me to throw more punches from the ringside.”
An Anti-Climax, although there was one highlight that came from a less than thrilling contest, the announcement that followed of Canelo Vs. Golovkin in September.
“GGG, you are next, my friend. The fight is done,” Alvarez said through a translator. “I’ve never feared anyone since I was 16 fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone.”
Gennady who was in attendance, shot a smile back before countering with “I feel very excited, Right now is a different story. In September, it will be a different style — a big drama show. I’m ready”
“Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September.”
Canelo who always said that he wanted the fight, shared his views on the contest following his rather easy appetiser
“I never got my share of fear. I’m very happy, and the rivalry is going to show my skills even more,” Alvarez said. “I’ve had difficult fights, and that will no doubt be a tough fight. But, I always say Canelo Alvarez is the best because I fight the best.”
Fight Ranking (Out of 5)
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr