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Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chaves Jnr © Gallo Images

Alvarez v Chavez in all-Mexican clash



It will be a matter of size when WBO junior-middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez meets Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr in all Mexican match-up at 74.62 kg, over 12 rounds at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old Chavez, 50-2-1; 32, who is not rated as a good fighter, has massive advantages in height and reach over Alvarez, 26, who has a record of 48-1-1; 34 and is moving up from the 69.85 kg class. Chavez will possibly be the much heavier man when they climb in the ring.

Alvarez's only loss came against Floyd Mayweather Jnr on a majority decision in September 2013.

In his two fights in 2016 he won quite comfortably against Amir Khan and Liam Smith but the bigger Chavez could prove a threat to him.

Even though Chavez isn’t a great fighter, this is a different fighter than Canelo’s 2016 fights with Khan and Smith, men who posed no real threat to him.

The biggest concern for Chavez is making the weight and coming into the fight strong. He has not fought below 76.20 kg in four-and-a-half years.

Chavez, son of Julio Cesar Chavez - considered the greatest Mexican fighter in history, has a lot to prove, considering his lackadaisical approach in the past and the quality of his opposition. Winning against his Mexican rival could be some sort of redemption.

It has been reported that Chavez has been trained by the renowned Mexican City trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain and has applied himself to make the weight and come into the fight in tip-top condition.

However, there are sports writer who are rather sceptical and need to be convinced that he is taking boxing seriously.

The odds favour Alvarez to score a hard-earned twelve-round points decision.

On the undercard, 34-year-old Lucas Matthys,e 37-4; 34, returns after being inactive for 18 months when he meets Viktor Postal, 26, who has a record of 20-1; 14, in a welterweight ten-rounder.

Montreal’s David Lemieux, 37-3; 33, faces Marcos Reyes, 35-4; 26, in a middleweight contest scheduled for ten rounds and in a featherweight bout Joseph Diaz, 23-0; 13, goes in against Manuel Avila, 22-0; 8.



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