Alvarez too good for Chavez Jr
LAS VEGAS: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated a grudge match against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision in a fight that left no doubt who is the top active Mexican boxer.
Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) used a punishing jab to take control early in the 12-round 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, a 4-1 favorite, was much quicker against the largest fighter he’s faced and won every round on all three judges’ cards.
The beating perhaps sets up a long-awaited bout with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in September.
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 in the bout.
Chavez avoided a US$1 million (RM4.5 million)-per-pound penalty when he weighed in at 164 pounds Friday, a half-pound below the 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 the 4-inch height advantage and an obvious weight edge after he rehydrated, Chavez was overmatched in his first fight under iconic trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain. AP
Canelo Alvarez (right) goes on the offensive against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Saturday.