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Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. set for May 6th on HBO PPV

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WBO junior middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a catchweight fight.

Canelo Alvarez v Liam Smith Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) will be making his return on Cinco de Mayo weekend, and it will be against the son of a Mexican boxing legend. Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya confirmed on Friday that the current WBO junior middleweight (154 lbs) champion is set to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1-1 NC, 32 KOs)on Saturday, May 6th on HBO pay-per-view. There will be no title at stake, and the two sides have agreed to a 164.5 lbs catchweight.

Canelo vacated his WBC middleweight (160 lbs) title following his thunderous KO of the undersized Amir Khan. This decision was made as a result of not being able to negotiate a deal to fight mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin last September. Canelo kept the September date, returned to the 154 lbs division, where he challenged WBO champion Liam Smith on HBO PPV at Cowboys Stadium. Alvarez won by body shot KO in the 9th round.

Chavez Jr. is a former WBC middleweight champion who has had a good bit of success in the ring, but has not come remotely close to reaching the heights of his father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. He’s had a history of missing weight, has been suspended twice for failed drug tests (both for marijuana), and a lack of discipline in the gym, including not showing up for training at all. Chavez Jr. has fought just five times since losing his middleweight belt to Sergio Martinez in September 2012, and he’s weighed in at no lighter than 167.5 pounds for all of them. He’s coming off a unanimous decision win in December over Germany’s Dominik Britsch. The only other loss in Chavez Jr’s career is by TKO to light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara, a fight in which he quit on his stool and then said he won in the post-fight interview. Chavez Jr’s notable wins are against Andy Lee, Marco Antonio Rubio (the boxer, not the Floridian politician), and Peter Manfredo Jr.

Golden Boy president Eric Gomez analyzed the matchup as one that will help Canelo make his jump in weight for a potential fight with Golovkin, who will be fighting Daniel Jacobs on March 18th at Madison Square Garden (also on HBO PPV).

“He’s a bigger guy,” Gomez said (via RING Magazine). “He’s right-handed, it’s a guy who’s not going to box or run. He’s going to be right in from of him so I think it prepares him very well. It’s not a similar style to Golovkin. I think Golovkin is a little bit better boxer but it’s a bigger guy who’s going to be throwing bombs.”

Gomez and also hyped the fight’s importance to the Mexican boxing fanbase.

“This fight transcends all that — championship, weight division,” Gomez said. “This is probably the biggest fight in the history of Mexico. It’s going to generate the biggest numbers ever and I think it transcends all of that stuff.”

Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. is expected to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, although a venue has not been officially named.

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