By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Canelo Álvarez was out for a sparring match on Saturday night. He easily dispatched Julio César Chávez Jr., who did not put up much of a fight.
Álvarez – who improved to 49-1-1 in his career – won on all three cards, 120-108, in a unanimous decision. These were 12 one-sided rounds for Álvarez.
With the win, Álvarez is now 5-0 on Cinco de Mayo weekend, including three knockouts.
Prior to the fight, Chávez Jr. and his representatives did not believe that he represented México and its people well.
“Yes, it was an additional motivation,” Álvarez said. “I wanted to show that I could do everything. I showed him that I could do a lot of things throughout the fight.”
Chávez Jr. is 31-year-old, but this fight may have beaten him into retirement. He’s going to have a hard-time living up to the expectations of this loss in his country.
This loss snapped a two-fight win streak for him. He had defeated Marcos Reyes and Dominik Britsch in those two bouts.
Chávez Jr. lost for the first-time since April 18, 2015 when he lost to Andrzej Fonfara at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
This was also his second loss in Las Vegas. He lost on Sept. 15, 2012 to Sergio Martinez at the Thomas & Mack Center, which was also by a unanimous decision.
“I wanted to box, but when he went to the ropes, I had to box more,” Chávez Jr. said. “It was a bad strategy. I couldn’t feel my power and I couldn’t feel my punches.”
After the bout, Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin will fight on Sept. 16th. GGG defeated Daniel Jacobs on March 18 at Madison Square Garden by unanimous decision.
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