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Mercurial Chavez Jr. insists he's focused, fit for Alvarez

May 25 2017, 08:49 | Van Peters

Mercurial Chavez Jr. insists he's focused, fit for Alvarez

Mercurial Chavez Jr. insists he's focused, fit for Alvarez

Alvarez, even when he was the 160-pound champion, fought at catchweights below 160 pounds for both of his title fights. When he makes his way to the ring Saturday, most of the cheers will be for his father's accomplishments rather than his own. Golden Boy has some decent fighters like David Lemieux, Lucas Matthysse and Joseph Diaz Jr., but those guys are not likely to ever become a PPV attraction like Canelo.

The soft-spoken, 27-year-old Alvarez dislikes Chavez.

Alvarez says he will return to fighting at middleweight after Saturday and promoters are hopeful about a much-anticipated match-up with world middleweight No. 1 Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), speculated to happen on September 16. De Hoya has been putting Canelo in with the likes of Liam Smith, Amir Khan, Alfredo Angulo, James Kirkland and Miguel Cotto. Chavez Jr.is scheduled to fight Canelo Alvarez in a 164.5 pound catch weight boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. While Chavez is the bigger man, he hasn't had the quality of opposition Canelo (48-1-1 with 34KOs) faced.

Note that Roach was Chavez Jr.'s trainer once upon a time. I could not pass up the opportunity to fight on [Saturday's] card as the co-main event for Canelo versus Chavez Jr.

"Definitely. Chavez is a good fighter". According to CompuBox, 78.6 percent of their combined landed punches are power shots.

"On my behalf, I'm going to do everything on my side to make this one of the most historic fights in Mexico".

"This fight is a big one because I don't believe we've seen a Mexican fighter face another Mexican fighter with pride, dignity and talent all on the line". I don't think he will last long in the ring against me. I'm not anxious about the weight and the size. He says a lot of things.

HBO executive vice president Peter Nelson, whose network will broadcast the bout for $59.95, said he's hopeful that the timing is right for the sport to stamp its recovery from the Mayweather-Pacquiao backlash.

But this was not the fight in which fans wanted to see Canelo. Canelo spends more time on the ropes than he should. "It's my fault for not preparing well enough", Chavez said. "He [Chavez Jr.] looks like he's in super shape". We had a lot going on and they (WBC) said i was afraid of Golovkin or whatever. Alvarez., who at this point is a corporation, looks at his rival with disdain and Chavez knows it. Chavez recently told the media "I was injured, inactive and not training so Alvarez chose me to fight".

Tickets for the closed circuit telecast of Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. are priced at $75, not including applicable fees. He can assume the mantle of favored Mexican boxer with an upset victory.

There is also plenty of incentive for Chavez to put on the fight of his life.

As for Canelo being kind enough to invite Golovkin once again into the ring given he is successful on the night of May 6th Canelo said "first is January then its February" leaving the door open to that possibility nearly saying let me win first and than we'll see what happens next. "I hope he wins".

"The one who has the most determination in the fight will win, not the best fighter".

Chavez has returned the barbs, needling Alvarez about "avoiding the Russian". Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., I don't think he has the same dedication.

Chavez will be fighting under the watchful eye of one of the best trainers in the business.

"I'm already very close to the weight, and I'm going to be 164.5 at the weigh-in", Chavez said. It's going to be hard for him. Chavez Jr. must be committed this time, the theory goes, because Beristain would tolerate nothing less. In addition, Chavez hasn't scored a stoppage win in almost five years, not since halting Andy Lee in a fight that he was trailing through the six completed rounds. Against him I don't even think about defeat. "I don't know who can stand up to Triple G".

This week, however, Alvarez is carrying himself in a mood that might best be described as, "OK, I'm ready". "I'm very happy the fight is here on Saturday". "That would be exciting and that would get people really interested, but if he has a close fight, like Golovkin did with [Daniel] Jacobs [in March], it still merits a fight with Golovkin". But I suspect that won't be the case once IBF/WBA heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua makes his North American debut. Golovkin will still be the same fighter next years he is now.

Khan, who stepped up two weight divisions to take on Canelo, gave the champion problems with his speed but was slowed down in rounds five and six by punches to the head and body.



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