After weeks of negotiations, Golden Boy Promotions has finally successfully put together a HUGE fight between their flagship fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and former WBC 160lb title holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) for May 6 on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo for HBO pay-per-view.
The Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight will be taking place at a catchweight of 164.5 pounds. That catchweight is going to give the 26-year-old Canelo a pretty big advantage of Chavez Jr., because he hasn’t been that low in many years. Can Chavez Jr. make the weight? Probably, but I think he’ll be weak, and no match for Canelo after he rehydrates into the 180s perhaps even the 190s, Chavez Jr. is a huge fighter nowadays. He’s grown since leaving the middleweight division in 2012.
There’s no word yet on whether there will be a huge weight penalty for if Chavez Jr. comes in over the limit, which would seem quite possible given his history of missing weight. The price of the PPV has yet to be released for HBO. You can safely predict the price being in the ballpark of $70 on PPV. Hopefully, the price isn’t in the $100 range like we saw with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight from 2-2015. The good news about Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. is this fight will entertain. These guys are going to bring it for as long as the fight lasts. That’s the main difference between this fight and the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. The boxing fans are going to get their money’s worth, even if it does turn out to be a mismatch with Canelo destroying Chavez Jr.
Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. will be taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s the word right now. You would think that Golden Boy would stick the fight at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. That stadium seats over 80,000 fans. Canelo brought in 51,000 for his last fight against Liam Smith on September 17 last year. A fight between Canelo and Chavez Jr. could easily sellout the venue, but I guess Golden Boy prefers the Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight taking place in Las Vegas. It’s perhaps better for the media and for the boxing fans. They would have a lot to do in city like that.
Canelo had this to say about the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight:
“Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day in September are important dates for us Mexicans, and I’m expecting a great night for boxing and the whole world,” Canelo said. “Don’t miss this special event live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. We’ll soon be announcing where the fight will be held.”
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) January 13, 2017
If Chavez Jr. can get in optimal shape for the fight, he could potentially give Canelo a real run for his money. Canelo has not faced a body puncher like Chavez Jr. before in his pro career, and he’s never fought anyone nearly as big. Canelo will likely put on a lot of weight for the fight given that he won’t have to deal with melting down to 155 like he usually does. There are some boxing fans who feel that Canelo rehydrates to the 180s now. If he doesn’t have to worry about making weight, we could see Canelo really ballooning up in weight for this fight. That’s good news for Canelo if Chavez Jr. is able to take the fight into the later rounds. Canelo might not be comfortable fighting with all the weight that he puts on. The body punching that Chavez Jr. will be doing will be pure trouble.
“I’m excited to announce my fight against Julio César Chávez, Jr. and confirm that I will be prepared, like I’ve been throughout my career, to give a great fight,” said Canelo Álvarez. “I want to remind you that when two Mexican fighters face-off, a spectacular show is guaranteed, and I can assure you that May 6 will be no exception especially during the Cinco de Mayo festivities.”
Having the Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight on Cinco de Mayo is going to mean a lot of boxing fans tuning in to see this on HBO PPV. The fight could bring in over 1 million buys on HBO PPV. Might be the biggest fight of 2017 unless Golden Boy matches Canelo against Gennady Golovkin later this year in September.