Canelo fighting in Mexico's Aztec Stadium is "possible," per Oscar De La Hoya

Canelo fighting in Mexico's Aztec Stadium is "possible," per Oscar De La Hoya

Aztec Stadium once held 132,000 people for Julio Cesar Chavez's bout against Greg Haugen in 1993

Photo: Jamie McDonald - FIFA / Getty Images

Photo: Jamie McDonald - FIFA / Getty Images

By Danny Z, Senior Writer

May 15, 2017


MEXICO CITY - With the recent announcement of the Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin bout this upcoming September, the host venue has been a primary focal point and has been garnering heavy interest throughout the world. 

Alvarez, 26, hasn't fought in the country of Mexico since he gained a TKO victory over Kermit Cintron back in 2011. For a brief time, Mexico was mentioned as a possible host to Alvarez's bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but the event ended up occurring in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena -- which wasn't surprising to many pundits and fans. 

It crossed our mind, absolutely. But, obviously the big major events take place in Las Vegas, as usual.
— Oscar De La Hoya on staging Canelo-Chavez Jr. in Mexico

Aztec Stadium, which is translated to Estadio Azteca in Spanish, opened its doors in 1966 and is currently home to the professional Mexican soccer team of Club América, as well as the National stadium of the Mexican national soccer team. The large arena is no stranger to outside events, as last November the Oakland Raiders squared off against the Houston Texans as part of the National Football League's International series. 

Ironically, Julio Cesar Chavez's bout against Auburn, Washington's Greg Haugen still holds the attendance record for the stadium, which was achieved almost 25 years ago. With Alvarez having seemingly taken over the top spot [from Floyd Mayweather] in terms of drawing power, filling up the Aztec Stadium is plausible for the 26-year-old. Alvarez drew a crowd of over 50,000 at Arlington's AT&T Stadium in September of last year, even with a fighter in Liam Smith who isn't necessarily known outside of hardcore boxing fans. 

De La Hoya, who has been promoting Alvarez since 2010, was asked if there was a future in Mexico playing host to a "Canelo" fight, and the former ten-time world champion seemed to keep an open mind about the notion. 

I believe so — well, I don’t know how soon or when, or if even it can happen, but everything is possible. We strongly feel that “Canelo” is the people’s champion and if we decide one day to go back to Mexico and fight in Estadio Azteca, for instance, then we’ll make that the decision. But, obviously right now there is some big fights to made in Vegas.
— Oscar De La Hoya

Danny Z is a Senior writer for Frontproof Media. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @DannyZ_Boxing

(Feature photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan photos - Golden Boy Promotions)

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