World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman says the huge fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is to take the No.1 spot in Mexican boxing. Canelo and Chavez Jr. are fighting on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo on May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight hasn’t been well reserved by American fans in the U.S, as many of them feel that it’s just another cherry-picking fight for Canelo in which his promoters at Golden Boy have found him a guy that he can beat in 30-year-old former WBC middleweight champion Chavez Jr. The fight would be a really tough ask for Chavez Jr. under normal circumstances, as he’s only faced one good opponent in the last five years of his career in Andrzej Fonfara in 2015, and he lost to him by a 9th round stoppage.
“They are fighting not only for the triumph; they are fighting for the representation of being the one who leads Mexican boxing,” said Sulaiman to Notimex. “They are fighting for pride because after the fight each one will be accountable. It’s a fact that we have to celebrate and support one hundred percent. Boxing needs an important card like this. Each one is going to sacrifice…one with weight loss and another goes up in weight.”
I don’t know if you can call Canelo moving up from 154lbs to fight Chavez Jr. at a catchweight of 164 1.2 pounds much of a sacrifice. Canelo is rumored to be rehydrating into the 180s for his catchweight fights at 155lbs. If he doesn’t have to take all that weight off, it’s easier for him. Instead of Canelo having to drain down 30+ pounds to make 155, he only has to lose around 20 pounds.
The real question about the Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight is which of the two will be the heavier on fight night when they step inside the ring after rehydrating. Will it be Chavez Jr., who is said to be rehydrating into the 180s for his fights at super middleweight or will it be Canelo?
“Canelo has had more activity, greater successes,” said Sulaiman. “Yet, Chavez has returned in great style, last December and shows that he is definitely back. The two risk everything for the ultimate Prize.”
Sulaiman may have won of his special WBC belts on the line for the fight, according to Fight News. It’s unclear what title would be. There’s the WBC Diamond and WBC Gold title that are just two of the many belts the WBC has.