Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. take NYC to promote their bout on Cinco de Mayo. The battle will take place in Las Vegas and will be aired live on HBO.
On Tuesday, Canelo Alvarez and his Cinco de Mayo adversary, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., went out in Manhattan to promote their bout scheduled on May 6. They were joined by former pro boxer and Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya. 44-year-old De la Hoya, dubbed The Golden Boy, beat Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., 54, in a boxing match in 1996 and then again in 1998. Now, he is promoting the battle between Chavez Jr., who held the WBC middleweight title from 2011 to 2012, and Canelo Alvarez, who held the WBO light middleweight title since last year.
26-year-old Canelo – this is his nickname, meaning “cinnamon” in Spanish; his real name is Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán – was named world’s best boxer in 2016 by BoxRec. He Has had 50 fights, of which 48 he won and only 2 he lost.
31-year-old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., nicknamed “The Son Of The Legend” (reference to his father), has had 53 fights, of which 49 wins and only 2 losses.
The Cinco de Mayo fight in the boxing ring is scheduled on May 6, in Las Vegas. The two box champions will meet face to face for a 12-round match, at the T-Mobile Arena. “I want to remind you that when two Mexican fighters face-off, a spectacular show is guarantee”, said Alvarez.
“I’m going to win, but my country will too, because this is the fight that boxing needs”, Chavez Jr. added.
De La Hoya hopes – and with good chances – that this fight would “draw the casual fan back to our sport.”
For those of you who want to see these guys in clash, but won’t be in Las Vegas on May 6, the Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. battle will air live on HBO pay-per-view.