The Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend in Las Vegas was a financial success.
Golden Boy Promotions sent out a press release on Friday stating that the fight two weeks ago generated over a million pay-per-view buys, though they did not share the total figure.
Golden Boy says Canelo is the youngest A-side fighter in history to generate a million-plus pay-per-view audience. He also becomes the first A-side fighter in 15 years outside of Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather to do a million buys.
“Everything I do is for the fans, and I want to express my gratitude for everyone who watches my fights and shows their support,” Canelo said. “My fans are the greatest in the world and this year in September on Mexican Independence weekend, everyone can look forward to another incredible performance.”
If Canelo’s fight against Chavez Jr., which he won by unanimous decision, did that many buys, his total for his September fight against GGG should do even better. Gennady Golovkin is a much tougher fighter and this is the fight fans really want to see.
Golovkin typically fights at 160 pounds compared to Canelo, who had been fighting around 154 or 155 pounds. But Canelo fought Chavez Jr. at a 164-pound catchweight, so he should be comfortable at the higher weight.
Four belts will be on the line in their fight — the WBC World middleweight title; WBA Super World middleweight title; IBF World middleweight title; and International Boxing Organization World middleweight title.
This will be the most anticipated boxing fight since Mayweather-Pacquiao, though this should please fans much more than the 2015 disappointment.
Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will meet on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as the main event of a pay-per-view card.
Canelo enters the fight at 48-1-1 (34 KOs), while Chavez Jr. is 50-2-1 (32 KOs). Over the past four years, Chavez Jr. has fought at anywhere between 167-172 pounds. Canelo has been fighting at the 154-pound limit. The two will meet at a catchweight of 164.5 pounds for this one.
LBS reporter Arsen Dadyan will be on the scene in Las Vegas for the fight Saturday, providing coverage. Below, our staff breaks down the fight and provides predictions.
I feel like Chavez Jr. has to come out as the aggressor. He can’t be coasting and trying to get a away with the slow starts that he’s had in the last few fights. He’s the challenger, not the champ.
There is so much anticipation for this fight from not only the boxing community but also the Mexican-American community. The old school fans want Jr. to win because of who his father was; they remember watching his father fighting. The newer generation are behind Canelo because of the hard work that he’s put to be in the position that he’s in right now.
Canelo will be aggressive because he knows that Jr. won’t back down. This is the biggest fight of Jr.’s career and it’s more about the pride for his father and his country that will make him fighting on another level. This won’t be a Mayweather/Pacquaio fight where they were just hugging and running around for 12 rounds. The loud/drunk/prideful fans will be yelling to make sure there’s action from the first to the 12th round.
Expect a few knockdowns in this fight. Chavez Jr. has to go for the knockout and not let it go to the judges or else he’s not going to win. Chavez has a history of taking high risk/high reward approaches in previous matches, especially when he’s been trailing towards the end of the fights. If Jr. doesn’t knock him out and get to him early, then Canelo will win this in 12. Canelo is a better all-around boxer and fighter who doesn’t take a lot of high risk/high reward chances. He’s going to have to fight close and get some punches into Jr’ s body early and stay with it and not back down.
PREDICTION: Canelo in a close split decision victory after 12 great rounds, leading up to a rematch towards the end of this year. That is if Canelo doesn’t want to fight GGG first.
The personal jabs between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. began well before they will trade punches in the ring.
The two Mexican fighters will meet on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, a day after Cinco de Mayo.
One of the big topics of ongoing conversation for Canelo has been whether he will meet Gennady Golovkin in a superfight. Canelo’s hesitation to make the fight led Chavez Jr. to say he could better represent Mexico.
“You can’t put a fighter like him, who has embarrassed the sport, who doesn’t have discipline, what’s happened with his drug tests, with all the things he’s done to hurt boxing,” Alvarez said via the LA Times’ Dylan Hernandez. “He can’t say he can represent a country better than me. Why? Just his image. His image shouldn’t represent a country. Do you think he’s an example for a child?”
Canelo’s point is a good one, but they’re talking about two different things. Alvarez is talking about a fighter’s overall image in terms of doing right and wrong and following rules, while Chavez is talking about toughness and accepting all challenges. Different people will value those matters differently.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Canelo Alvarez will be squaring off on Saturday night — Cinco de Mayo weekend — for a much anticipated battle at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Unlike other fights where the hype is contrived, there is legitimate bad blood and a rivalry between these two boxers.
Asked during his conference call on Monday about the rivalry, Chavez Jr. described the relationship as a “true rivalry.”
“Yes, there’s a real, true rivalry, and on Saturday night, people are going to see firsthand this rivalry, how real it is. Obviously we’re going to show it inside the ring,” said Chavez Jr.
He’s not the only one who feels that way. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya made a similar comment at a Canelo workout last month.
“The rivalry between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. goes back a while, and it’s felt by both
teams,” De La Hoya said last month. “Both Chavez, Sr. and Jr., for some reason, don’t like Canelo. Perhaps it’s because he’s been the face of boxing for a while now. He’s going to carry boxing on his shoulders for many years to come. Or, maybe they don’t like Canelo because he’s getting more attention for this fight than Jr. is.”
Maybe there is a jealousy issue going on. Perhaps Chavez Jr. wants to have the success that Canelo has enjoyed, while Alvarez feels Chavez hasn’t earned it.
“Chavez, Jr. has gotten to this point because of his name; he lacks the discipline to be the best. He has had
so many highs and lows in his career. I hope that he gets his act together and that we get the best Julio
Cesar Chavez, Jr. in the ring on May 6. That is going to make the fight all the more action packed inside
the ring. I don’t want any excuses.”
The two are the headline for Saturday’s fight card. David Lemieux vs. Marco Reyes is the co-main event.
The most anticipated boxing fight this side of Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor would be between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. And the two sides apparently are back in talks again about a potential fight.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported on Thursday that the promoters for both fighters began talking Wednesday about a fight. Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, said he feels “there’s no reason the fight shouldn’t happen.”
Canelo’s side, Golden Boy Promotions, may not want to get the cart in front of the horse. Canelo has a fight in May against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. that he must win first. GGG just beat Daniel Jacobs last weekend in what was his closest fight in years. But Golden Boy also wants to make the fight happen and is targeting September.
GGG’s side also wants Golovkin to fight in June in his native Kazakhstan at the World Expo. But that could be posturing to sway negotiations.
One other issue is that Alvarez is more of a proven draw than Golovkin. Golden Boy reportedly prefers to pay GGG a flat fee for the fight, while GGG wants a cut of the pay-per-view.
Golovkin and Alvarez are considered two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Alvarez is 48-1-1 with 34 KOs, while GGG is 37-0 with 33 KOs. Alvarez’s only loss came to Floyd Mayweather when he was 22 years old.
Another area where they would have to figure things out would be the weight of the fight. Canelo fights at 154 pounds, while GGG is a class above at 160.
Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto is about to hang up his gloves but not before he takes care of some unfinished business.
Speaking with reporters on Thursday to promote his upcoming junior middleweight fight with James Kirkland on February 25, Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) announced that 2017 would be the last year of his career.
“This is the last year of my career and I want to end my career in the best way possible,” Cotto said, per Dan Rafael of ESPN. “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.”
The Puerto Rican fighter did add, however, that he still wants a rematch with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who he lost the middleweight world title to by unanimous decision a little over 13 months ago.
“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,” Cotto continued. “It was close. We orchestrated the plan in a perfect way and we believe that we were the winners of the fight.”
That first fight actually wasn’t particularly close with the three judges scoring it 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 for Alvarez. It’s also uncertain if Alvarez, who has been negotiating a bout with fellow Mexican fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and also has his much-ballyhooed showdown with Gennady Golovkin lurking somewhere on the horizon, will be able to find time for a second fight with Cotto in 2017. But if the two sides can somehow find a way to get it done, it would certainly be a fitting curtain drop for the legendary career of the 36-year-old Cotto, who has never been one to shy away from the big time.
Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya even said after Alvarez’s victory over Amir Khan Saturday that the fight with GGG was the one to make and he would start trying to make it happen. September has long been talked about as a potential date for the fight.
Mosley used to a be a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, so it’s not like him having some inside information would be totally unreasonable. Maybe Oscar will make some sort of official announcement before too long.
Gennady Golovkin is doing all he can to pressure Canelo Alvarez into fighting him in what would be the most anticipated boxing match of the year.
Golovkin, aka “GGG,” and Canelo are two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and there has been chatter about them meeting for the past year or so. The big stumbling block so far has been weight; Alvarez fights in the middleweight class, but at a catch weight limit of 155 pounds. Golovkin has been a true middleweight fighting at the 160-pound limit since he began his professional career in 2006. Alvarez has been trying to get GGG to come down to his 155-pound catchweight, but GGG for obvious reasons does not want to do that.
Now Golovkin is using social media to try pressuring Alvarez into fighting him. Ever since Canelo beat Amir Khan over the weekend — a fight GGG attended — he has been on social media pushing for the fight. Take a look:
Canelo sounds like he would be down for the fight, too. After beating Khan, he said in his interview that he wanted Golovkin and that there would be no more messing around. Let’s hope the two sides make it happen. A September fight between them seems like a real possibility, and it would be awesome.
Immediately after knocking out Amir Khan on Saturday night, Canelo Alvarez turned his attention to Gennady Golovkin, better known as GGG. Alvarez told fans what they want to hear by issuing a challenge to GGG, and the fight could draw so much interest that Jerry Jones is reportedly considering hosting it.
Jones was in attendance to watch Alvarez beat Khan, and Oscar De La Hoya said after the bout that he is planning to fly to Dallas to discuss the possibility of an Alvarez-GGG fight being held at the home of the Cowboys.
De La Hoya said he'll fly to Dallas to discuss an Alvarez-Golovkin fight. Jerry Jones was at the fight tonight. "It's a huge possibility."
The main issue, of course, is weight. GGG fights at 160 and Alvarez has been fighting at the catch weight of 155. Now that Canelo says he is willing to fight at 160, there shouldn’t be much standing in the way.
Alvarez delivered a vicious knockout blow to Khan in the sixth round. You can see a video of the punch here. He gave fans what they wanted both during and after the fight.