Al­varez too good for Chavez Jr

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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Canelo Al­varez (right) goes on the of­fen­sive against Julio Ce­sar Chavez Jr on Satur­day.

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