Bring On Triple G
07 May, 2017
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez left no doubt who is the top active Mexican boxer by dominating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Come September, Alvarez will get a chance to become the middleweight champion again.
Minutes after winning every round on all three judges’ cards in a 12-round romp over Chavez, Alvarez invited Gennady Golovkin into the ring and announced a long-awaited clash on Sept. 16.
The contract has already been signed. Only the venue is undetermined.
“GGG, you are next my friend. The fight is done,” Alvarez said as the crowd cheered. “I’ve never feared anyone, since I was 16 fighting as a professional.”
Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) used a punishing jab to take control early against Chavez in a matchup of former middleweight champions. The bigger Chavez (50-3-1, 32 KOs) started bleeding from the nose in the third round. His left eye swelled in the sixth and started to close a round later.
Alvarez, who went off as a 4-1 favorite, was much quicker than the largest fighter he’s faced. He had a 228-71 edge in punches landed and an 83-15 advantage in jabs landed.
“Tonight, I showed I could move, I could box,” Alvarez said. “I showed as a fighter I can do all things. I thought I was going to showcase myself as a fighter that could throw punches, but he just wouldn’t do it.”
Alvarez’s team was so confident, they cut the deal with Golovkin before the bout. It didn’t matter in this one-sided fight.
“Do you think I lost focus?” Alvarez said. “I consider myself a person of strong mental strength.”
Alvarez had no choice after relinquishing his WBC belt last year to Golovkin when he declined to reach a fight deal.
“I feel very excited, right now is a different story,” Golovkin said. “In September, it will be a different style, a big drama show. I’m ready.”
The 31-year-old Chavez, son of iconic Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., was trying to revitalize a career derailed by positive drug tests, weight issues and lax training. But he proved no match.
Chavez avoided a $1 million-per-pound penalty when he weighed in at 164 pounds Friday, a half-pound below the bout catchweight and the lightest he’s been since losing his middleweight title to Sergio Martinez in 2012.
The 26-year-old Alvarez also weighed in at 164, nine pounds heavier than he’s ever fought. Alvarez, whose lone loss was to Floyd Mayweather Jr., got against the ropes several times and absorbed combinations from Chavez before quickly recovering with uppercuts.
Despite a four-inch height advantage and an obvious weight edge after he rehydrated, Chavez was overmatched in his first fight under iconic trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain.
Chavez’s left eye was badly swollen in the post-fight press conference and he acknowledged he felt weaker having lost so much weight.
“If I would’ve attacked more I would’ve been countered by his punches. Nacho told me to do that but the strategy didn’t work,” Chavez said. “I couldn’t throw as many punches as I wanted. My father kept telling me to throw more punches from the ringside.”
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