Canelo Alvarez went into Saturday’s (May 6) fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. a favorite, and ended just as the odds suggested… with a complete domination of Chavez by Canelo.
During Cinco de Mayo weekend, the 26-year-old Canelo easily took a unanimous decision over Chavez, winning every single round on the judges’ scorecards, shutting him out 120-108.
After the fight, Chavez didn’t have much to offer, saying: “Speed and distance was a problem. He’s a good fighter, very fast and very consistent. Canelo beat me. He beat me at the distance. He is a very active fighter. He’s very good, and he beat me.”
Canelo was in such control through the entirety of the fight that he stood between rounds. “I wanted to try something new,” he said post-fight. “I never sit down in sparring, and I didn’t want to sit here.”
Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) earned a guaranteed $5 million purse, while Chavez (50-3-1, 32 KOs), 31, earned $3 million. Both figures are before any share of the PPV revenues, which is expected to be millions more.
The big news came after the fight, when Canelo announced in the ring that he would next challenge unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) on Sept. 16, Mexican Independence Day weekend.
GGG, who has made 18 title defenses, was ringside for the fight. After it concluded, he went backstage and walked into the ring to his usual music to join Canelo in the ring, WWE-style. “GGG, you are next, my friend. The fight is done,” Alvarez said through a translator. “I’ve never feared anyone, since I was 16 fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone.”
— Golden Boy (@GoldenBoyBoxing) May 7, 2017
Currently, Alvarez-Golovkin is the biggest fight in boxing. Canelo has been criticized for having not yet faced Golovkin, but Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said the plan was always for them to meet in September… and they are.