Saul Canelo Alvarez will be in a nice time-wasting fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6. It’s a fight that helps Canelo burn time to get fights out of the way while he prepares for a fight in the future against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
By putting that fight off, Canelo and Golden Boy can pick the best time in the future to fight the 34-year-old Golovkin that suits them. After Canelo’s close call against Erislandy Lara in 2014, Golden Boy isn’t going to put him in with any of the talented junior middleweights like Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade or Julian Williams. Chavez Jr. is perfect, because he’s not a good fighter, and he’s popular with the Mexican fans due to his famous father Julio Cesar Chavez.
Canelo and Chavez Jr. will be fighting on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. For now, the T-Mobile Arena is the one that is being mentioned for the fight, but it could change if Golden Boy chooses to stick the fight in a large venue like the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
It’s kind of surprising that Golden Boy isn’t picking that stadium for the fight after Canelo’s previous bout against WBO 154lb. champion Liam Smith brought in 52,000 fans on September 17 last year. Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. would have a very good chance of selling out the venue if it were staged there. The money must not be right for them not to be fighting there.
Chavez Jr. is the best easy mark fighter that Golden Boy Promotions can find for Canelo, because he can bring in a lot of PPV buys from his Mexican fan base in the U.S. Chavez Jr. is really slow though, and not the fighter he was years ago. Even when Chavez Jr. was at his best, he was still a very flawed fighter. The Mexicans love the Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight, and they don’t seem to care that it’s a mismatch and not a good fight on paper.