Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Julio Caesar Chavez Jr.: No Wall – No War


Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Julio Caesar Chavez Jr.: No Wall, No War

By Xavier Porter,

May 8, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. – “This is going to be a bloodbath. This is going to be war.” – Oscar De La Hoya

photo courtesy of Matt Heasely Photography

photo courtesy of Matt Heasely Photography

With millions of fans watching at home and from around the world, words cannot describe how what was hoped and promoted to be a war between two of Mexico’s former middleweight champions, turned out to be a one-sided dominating performance as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs). Alvarez easily defeated Julio Caesar Chavez Jr (50-3-1, 32 KOs), in front of a sold-out crowd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the judges (and the world) scoring the fight (120-108, 3x).

Alvarez, the former WBC middleweight champion, WBC super welterweight champion, WBA super welterweight champion, and WBO super welterweight champion controlled the fight from the beginning to the end. Simply put: Alvarez showed no respect for Chavez Jr leading up to this mega-fight.

He had expressed his feelings and thoughts about Chavez Jr throughout their over-shadowing careers where he’s known to have repeatedly said:

“I respect HIS father (the great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr – 107-6-2, 86 KOs); but I don’t respect HIM as a Mexican fighter and a fighter for our people.”

From the onset of the fight Chavez Jr appeared to be trying to find his way, while fighting on his back leg/foot. Before long it was too late: the fighter, whose father is known for being a “come forward/pressure fighter”, and he himself is known for the same fighting style, was forced to think and react on instinct. Alvarez made sure to re-emphasize his feelings towards his opponent as he began the fight, landing a strong-lead jab, establishing his control and the pace of the fight (ring generalship), while measuring his distance for a continued attack. It was apparent early during the first round that Chavez Jr was in for a long night as he was being out-classed, out-gunned, out-boxed, and out-smarted. It appeared that Chavez Jr had no defense or game plan to thwart the output of punches from Alvarez as he landed punches at will, while landing his patented left hook and uppercut to the body and face of his opponent.

Alvarez, with a complete distain for Chavez Jr, dominated the fight with left hooks to the body and aggressive combination punching, while Chavez Jr was unable to find, land, or trade any punches against his opponent. Alvarez controlled the fight and easily won each round as Chavez Jr was unable to put together his punches. No disrespect to the former middleweight champion and son of one of the greatest boxers ever, but he looked/fought like a fighter who had no clue as to why he was in the ring against such a greater opponent. As the fight progressed it was apparent who the winner/victor/ MEXICAN CHAMPION would be as Alvarez continued to land clean and precise punches to the body, while steadily backing his opponent to the ropes. While fighting along the ropes, and when the opportunity presented itself, Chavez Jr seemed incapable of pulling the trigger.

Alvarez, with the pride and heart of Mexico on his mind, refused to allow Chavez Jr any chance of some form a comeback. He continued to land punches easily without exhausting energy. Alvarez showed and learned a lot from fighting the great and retired Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs), as well as from other world champions after, by counter punching and displaying good defense. Now he feels comfortable and ready for the “test of all tests.”

With his is destruction of Chavez Jr, on September 16, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez” has agreed and signed his contract to face Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), the WBC World Middleweight Champion, WBA Super World Middleweight Champion, IBF World Middleweight Champion, and International Boxing Organization World Middleweight Champion, at a yet announced venue.

Both men promise that when they meet inside the ring, it will truly be a “Mexican-style” type of fight. The question at hand is this: will Alvarez take what he has learned from Floyd Mayweather and move and box or will he stand and trade with a fighter who many claim to be an indestructible force in GGG.

Canelo Alvarez:

“I never sit down during sparring and I didn’t feel the need to sit down tonight.”


Gennady Golovkin:

“First, congratulations to Canelo and his team. He looked good tonight. In September, it will be MEXICAN STYLE – it will be BIG DRAMA SHOW – WE’RE READY – WE’RE EXCITED – THIS IS BOXING!.”

“Good Luck in September.”

Madison Square Garden, O2 Arena,  T-Mobile Arena, and Dallas Stadium are possible venues for this long-awaited mega-fight to possibly take place at: not only is the world waiting for this fight, but also GGG.