Canelo dominates Chavez Jr., announces mega clash with Golovkin

Canelo dominates Chavez Jr., announces mega clash with Golovkin

May 6, 2017


LAS VEGAS - In front of a raucous, sold out crowd at the T-Mobile Arena, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez not only brought Gennady Golovkin into the ring after the outcome, but also seemingly landed at will as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was shut down from the opening bell. 

Chavez Jr., 31, had much momentum after stepping onto the scale this past Friday, as he came in at 164 pounds, and looked energized for the bout of his life. However, even though Alvarez was the shorter fighter, he was able to stick the jab that set up the arsenal of his punches throughout the 12-rounds. Chavez Jr. was taking so much punishment that his left eye almost closed up after developing a significant bulge at the corner of his eyebrow. 

Canelo beat me, he beat me at the distance. He is a very active fighter—he’s very good and he beat me. I wanted to box, but he went to the ropes and I just needed to throw more punches. 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.
— Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Chavez Jr., who is from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, found himself engaging more on the inside against Alvarez, but this was still not enough to make any type of dent into the defense or offense Alvarez produced. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. found himself yelling from his ringside seat in hopes to light a fire under his son, who previously stated he would consider retirement if met with a loss. 

Nevertheless, the biggest news coming out of this event was not the shutout victory Alvarez assumed, but the official announcement that he will finally square off against the middleweight monster in Gennady Golovkin on September 16. As soon as HBO's Max Kellerman arrived at the questioning about Alvarez's next bout, the arena lights went dim and a promotional video about Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) aired that eventually had him enter the ring from the backstage area as if he was about to fight. 

Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September.
— Gennady Golovkin

Alvarez has long maintained that he fears no fighter in the sport and he reiterated that sentiment following the breaking-news announcement. Throughout the last several months, a September date with Golovkin was mentioned, but negotiations took a turn for a negative aspect as financials, as typically occurs within big fights, took center stage. 

Golovkin, 35, was last in the ring against Brooklyn's Daniel Jacobs, in what was the toughest bout of his career to date. Golovkin still managed to pull out the win, but his consecutive knockout streak was ended as he went the full 12-rounds for the first time in his career. The fighter nicknamed Triple G [Golovkin], has been fighting in the middleweight division since turning professional, unlike Alvarez who was slightly below at junior middleweight. 

This fight (Canelo-Golovkin) is arguably the biggest event within the sport of boxing since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao squared off in 2015. The monetary side of it will surely bring more than one million buys on pay-per-view, and each competitor will most likely receive the biggest pay day of their respective careers. Specific details about the upcoming clash should be released within the coming months. 

GGG—you are next my friend. The fight is done. I’ve never feared anyone, since I was 16 fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone. I never got my share of fear. I’m very happy, and the rivalry is going to show my skills even more. I’ve had difficult fights, and that will no doubt be a tough fight. But, I always say, Canelo Alvarez is the best because I fight the best.
— Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

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(Feature photo: HBO Boxing)

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