Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Preview

One of the biggest all-Mexican boxing fights in the history of the sport is set to take place in Las Vegas on May 6. Canelo Alvarez, one of the brightest young stars in the sport today squares off against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., a former world champion and the son of six-time world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

Below is the review for Canelo vs. Chavez Jr.

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What’s at stake:

Pride. No world titles. No title opportunities. Just pride and bragging rights on who is the best boxer in Mexico. That pride alone is almost worth any world title that would be on the line. Canelo is trying to further cement himself as, not just the face of Mexican boxing, but the face of boxing itself.

For Chavez, it’s all about legitimizing his career and being his own star, no longer needing the legacy his legendary father has built throughout his storied career. It is another chance for Chavez to get back to the top. It is the biggest fight of his career since losing the world middleweight title to Sergio Martinez in 2012.

There is a Fightful podcast between Carlos Toro and Steven Muehlhausen previewing this fight as well as the rest of the main card at this link.

The fight will be available for order on HBO pay-per-view, but for those who do not want to watch on HBO or are unable to do so, the fight can be ordered and streamed online at The main card looks like this:

Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

David Lemieux vs. Marcos Reyes

Lucas Matthysse vs. Emmanuel Taylor

Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Manuel “Tino” Avila

Tale of the tape:

Canelo Alvarez:

Record: 50-2-1 (1 NC) (32 KO)

Height: 5’9”

Reach: 70.5 inches

Age: 26

Titles Held: WBA, WBC, WBO Light Middleweight Titles; WBC Middleweight Title

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.:

Record: 50-2-1 (1 NC) (32 KO)

Height: 6’3”

Reach: 71 inches

Age: 31

Titles Held: WBC Middleweight Title

Fightful will have complete coverage of Canelo vs. Chavez Jr., including the main card and undercard with a live coverage and discussion page starting at 7 p.m. ET. Fightful will also have a live podcast after the main event has concluded.

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