This coming weekend will see a bout that offers some intriguing action potential on one of the biggest boxing days of the year, here’s an opportunity to make huge money. Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will face off in a special 164.5-pound catchweight bout. Canelo enters his third straight Cinco de Mayo card, with each of the past two seeing Alvarez record a KO victory, with a stellar 50-1-1 record.
The one loss on Canelo’s record came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in a bout the Mexican was nowhere near ready to be in. Alvarez is a meticulous fighter who slowly chips away at his opponent with body shots until he can throw a powerful combination. That is where Canelo is at his best when he can keep his opponent guessing and throwing a barrage of punches.
Alvarez enters the fight, which will take place at the curious catchweight of 164.5 pounds, as the clear favorite. He has -600 odds to win, while Chavez is a longshot at +450.
Chavez will have a noticeable size advantage in terms of height and reach. Though he has done a better job at utilizing his natural size advantage as his career has progressed, Chavez still looks to move forward and bully his opponent. There is no doubt that Chavez has big power in his hands but his footwork isn’t too fast or refined.
Canelo vs Chavez should be a fun bout. Canelo has certainly had his detractors due to some odd bouts in the recent past but a win over a large, powerful opponent like Chavez may give the lineal middleweight champion confidence for a superfight with Gennady Golovkin.
In one corner is a Mexican fan base loyal to a Chavez brand that began in 1980. Chavez, 31, is very much still writing an unfinished chapter of his boxing career that has mostly consisted of making a name for himself separate from his father’s illustrious 25-year career.
Chavez’s resume can be defined by two 2012 fights—a technical knockout over Andy Lee and a hard-fought unanimous-decision defeat to veteran Sergio Martinez. In the past five years, some might feel the former WBC middleweight champion has rested on the visibility of those fights, along with inheriting his father’s legacy as a hero amongst Mexican boxing fans.
In the other corner is the present and future of Mexican boxing. Alvarez is a highly experienced and polished slugger whose only loss came in a unanimous decision against defensive specialist Floyd Mayweather. His dominance against marquee boxers like Amir Khan, Liam Smith, James Kirkland and Josesito Lopez, along with wins over Miguel Cotto, Austin Trout and Shane Mosley, has endured him to legions of Mexican and non-Mexican fans alike. This 5 de Mayo, treat yourself with some betting action, sign up at Heritagesports in one of the biggest boxing days of the year.