After witnessing Anthony Joshua solidify his heavyweight status last month, the boxing world turned its attention to Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) last night (Sat., May 6, 2017) live on HBO pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he took on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs). Despite being a non-title fight, the main event showdown sparked much interest and intrigue around the boxing community, especially considering Alvarez was coming off a 2016 campaign in which he finished Amir Khan and Liam Smith.
Despite a size advantage, Chavez Jr. played a perimeter game in the early going. He forfeited his inside brawling game and allowed Canelo to land crisp jabs and timely combinations at will. Alvarez had Chavez Jr. hurt bad in the fourth round after he followed up a barrage of punches with a hard left hook to the body. By the end of the sixth, Alvarez had out-struck Chavez Jr. 120-33.
It was much of the same for Rounds 7-12, as Alvarez responded with sharp combinations and forward power shots whenever Chavez Jr. worked his way inside. Alvarez seemed to get only more confident as the fight drew on, while Chavez Jr. nursed a near-shut left eye. In the end, after punching circles around Chavez Jr. and forcing fans to boo his counterpart’s efforts, it was Canelo who escaped Las Vegas with a unanimous decision victory.
The full fight video highlights can be seen below:
With this win, Alvarez will turn his attention to a September matchup with undefeated middleweight Gennady Golovkin, as the superbout was announced during the HBO PPV broadcast. If Canelo can get past GGG, he’ll solidify himself as the biggest name in boxing.
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