Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. have a tough act to follow tonight.
Some are dubbing the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight as boxing’s “Mexican Super Bowl.” Canelo, the former junior middleweight and middleweight champion, squares off against Chavez Jr., his long-time rival and former middleweight champion, in a catchweight bout of 164.5 pounds from the sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is currently boxing’s No. 1 attraction. He’s coming off a ninth-round TKO victory over Liam Smith in September. After the victory, many were hoping for the highly anticipated dream fight between he and unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, but the Mexican star opted for the bout against Chavez.
Chavez, 31, (50-2-1, 32 KOs) has had an up-and-down career but finally appears to have everything together. He took a 17-month hiatus between fights and returned with a vengeance back in December, defeating Dominik Britsch by unanimous decision.
A fight between Canelo and Chavez Jr. was proposed in late 2011 and into early 2012. Both sides blamed one another for the fight falling through.
EXCLUSIVE: Canelo “never tought” Chavez fight could happen”
Canelo would fight Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan. Chavez lost his middleweight title to Sergio Martinez in a fight he admittedly didn’t take seriously. His career went into a tailspin as his issues of missing weight continued and his drive was questioned.
Due to Chavez’s issues in the past of missing weight, a clause was inserted into the contract that Chavez will be fined $1 million per pound over the 164.5-pound limit. Canelo signed the same clause.
The animosity between the two is authentic. Canelo feels Chavez is lazy and has gotten by solely on his name, while Chavez feels Alvarez is ducking Golovkin. Chavez also doesn’t like the fact Canelo has seemingly replaced his father as the biggest name in Mexican boxing.
Saturday night, we’ll find out who is the biggest name in Mexican boxing.
Here is what you need to know about Canelo vs. Chavez Jr.
All times are Eastern.
Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. date, fight time
The long-awaited Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight is set for Saturday, May 6, and the pay-per-view broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET. Alvarez and Chavez Jr. are expected to enter the ring at about 11:30 p.m.
Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. PPV price, channel
Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. will air on HBO pay-per-view at 9 p.m. and will cost $69.99 for HD. For more information on how to order Canelo vs. Chavez Jr., ask your TV provider.
Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. live streaming price
You can also stream the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight live online at www.canelo-chavez.com for $69.99.
Full Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight card
— Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs); Super Middleweights (164.5 pound catchweight)
— David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) vs. Marcos Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs); Middleweights
— Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) vs. Emmanuel Taylor (20-4, 14 KOs); Welterweights
— Joseph Diaz Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs) vs. Manuel “Tino” Avila (22-0, 8 KOs); Featherweights