Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Tickets
Chavez Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez Tickets Las Vegas
The May 6 matchup between popular Mexican boxers Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Canelo Alvarez promises to be one of the most memorable boxing showdowns in recent times. The fight which was announced by Golden Boy Promotions in January is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The two fighters came face to face on media duties last week ahead of the 164.5lbs catchweight faceoff in May. Chavez Jr. is yet to fight below 168lbs since his 2012 loss to Sergio Martinez. He also failed to make weight for a 2015 fight against Marco Reyes.
For Chavez Jr., this bout will be a chance to redeem his image and shed off the “malingerer” tag that stuck on him in the last several years. The 31-year-old has had his fair share of disciplinary problems. The Nevada Athletic Commission has previously sanctioned him for taking a banned diuretic and also for smoking marijuana. He has also struggled to scale the heights reached by his legendary boxer father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. In 50 fights, Alvarez has only lost once, to Floyd Mayweather. Some of his most notable wins include Amir Khan and Miguel Cotto. He claimed the WBO super-welterweight title last September after stopping Liam Smith. The fight with Chavez will see him step up 10.5lbs from that win.
The 26-year old has vowed to silence Chavez as he also gears up for a September showdown against unbeaten Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin is a three-belt middleweight champion. The stakes in this fight are especially high for Chavez Jr. He is certainly the underdog and a loss could be potentially detrimental to his career, especially if he is beaten badly. Neither fighter captured the imagination in their previous fight although Canelo didn’t look to bad in his victory over Liam Smith. His power and hand speed were decent, but of course, Smith is definitely on Chavez Jr’s level.
As with previous all-Mexican affairs, this bout has divided loyalties among Mexicans. During the press tours in Houston, New York and Mexico City, it was clear that although Mexicans are thrilled about this fight, most of them remain largely indecisive. Due to Chavez Jr’s previous struggles with fitness, there have been reports of a $ 1m penalty for every pound above the limit being inserted into the contract. Since his loss to Sergio Martinez, he has only had five fights, struggling to make weight in all of them.