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“Canelo” Álvarez arrives as a great favorite to the duel against Chávez Jr.

“Canelo” Álvarez arrives as a great favorite to the duel against Chávez Jr.
Everything is ready in Las Vegas for another more stellar fight between two Mexican fighters with Saúl «Canelo» Álvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr. as protagonists in a duel that takes place within the super middleweight category, but without any world title in Game.
This means that it is a fight mounted solely and exclusively to make the box office, with two boxers who, guided by their corresponding promoters, have put aside their true sports interest to take advantage of another opportunity to get a significant purse.
Although they run their risks with the final result that may occur next Saturday in the ring installed at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas.
The one who has the most to lose, without a doubt, is Chávez Jr., who comes to the fight in full attempt to regain his image and position within the elite of the boxing world, but he is not the favorite in the fight.
Hence, it is the fighter himself who admits with sincerity and realism that he is facing what may be his last great opportunity, and hence he understands the magnitude of the fight for him.
“It is possibly the last great opportunity that he has,” declared the former middleweight champion in each of the interviews he has offered since arriving in Las Vegas. “It is the biggest fight of my career because of the moment this opportunity presents itself to me and because of the repercussion it is going to have among the fans.”
The reality is that at 31 years old, the son of six-time world champion Julio César Chávez understands that the future of his career depends on the level that he can exhibit in the duel of Mexican boxers.
His last big fight dates back to no less than 2012, when Argentine Sergio Martinez snatched the middleweight title from him after having been dodging it for a long time.
From that moment on, his subsequent vicissitudes have not been the best with a suspension for marijuana use, an arrest for driving while intoxicated and some fights for which he appeared in poor condition or overweight.
He has a couple of wins in the three fights he has fought since 2015, but without having quality rivals he has faced.
«I was younger. Inexperience was what made me not do the right things. Now I have more experience. I have learned from the mistakes made “, reflects Chávez Jr.
It is true that confronting Álvarez opens the doors for him to redeem himself in various ways, for his reputation, the name of his legendary father, to beat his most direct Mexican rival and to silence his detractors.
“It is all in general, but what is more important to me is to show that I am capable of being in the first levels of the boxing World Cup, ”said Chávez Jr. with a 50-2-1 record, 32 knockouts.
Chávez Jr. reiterates as something learned that the duel will be between two Mexican fighters, that it has been prepared for a long time and that now it will mark the future of each of them.
Knowing that he is behind in the bets, Chávez Jr. wanted to make it very clear that none of that matters to him and, on the contrary, his great quality is that he fights much better when everything is more difficult.
Although there will not be a world title at stake with Saturday’s fight, Chávez Jr. and Álvarez face the fight as a transcendental event on a patriotic level, but one of clear antagonism.
Last month, Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), 26, spoke of a personal factor such as pride above anything else.
About the enmity with “Canelo”, Chávez Jr. maintains that it does not have a “specific reason.”
«It may be a good point that I am the son of Julio César Chávez, but nobody chooses that. I am going to show that I am something more than the son of Julio César Chávez », a statement that he has repeated before each of his previous fights and regardless of what he can achieve in the fight, his record and boxing qualities have nothing to do with it. with that of his parent.
Saturday’s fight was agreed at a weight of 164.5 pounds (super middleweight), a factor that in the opinion of Chávez Jr. leaves Álvarez vulnerable, who has had to move up from the super welterweight.
While he has had to drop the division after playing recent bouts as a light heavyweight (175 pounds) and having trouble reaching the limit of the super middleweight category (168).
In Álvarez’s case, this is the highest weight in his entire career, in which he has recently fought as a super welterweight (maximum 154 pounds) and middleweight (160).
Chávez Jr. insists that he has many factors in his favor, but when the time comes for the fight, the result will only depend on him doing the best boxing of your professional career, otherwise your name will immediately leave the list of the world’s elite.
The boxer is aware of this reality, as is his father, who admits that his son is facing a very difficult mission, although not impossible.
An expression in boxing which is the prelude to the admission that the rival is superior, that he has the elements to achieve victory, but that only at the end of the fight will the true winner be known.
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