Canelo vs Chavez Jr: Fight preview and analysis

Record: 48-1-1 (34 KO) … Streak: W6 … Last 5: 5-0 … Last 10: 9-1 … Stance: Orthodox … Height/Reach: 5’9″ / 70½” … Age: 26

Thoughts: Canelo has the skill advantage, but the size game, which we’ll talk more about below, is all Chavez. Canelo has to avoid getting into a real firefight with Chavez, or he’s playing with fire.

In a way, this fight is reminiscent of the 2008 bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao, for a recent reference. Pacquiao moved up two weight classes and De La Hoya down one for that fight. This isn’t quite that size difference, but it’s a truly notable size difference, anyway, and the tactics should be the same as we thought going into that one. The common sense was that if De La Hoya was able to impose his physicality, Pacquiao would be toast.

In reality, De La Hoya was drained, and even if he hadn’t been, Pacquiao may have simply been too fast and young at that point for him to do much of anything. Pacquiao took him apart with bee stings, battering De La Hoya into quitting. Canelo and his team may look to do something similar here. Alvarez isn’t spectacularly fast with his hands and can be a little flat-footed at times, but he’s going to have a speed advantage over the lumbering Chavez. Sticking and moving seems like the right idea.

That said, Alvarez is a proud fighter, and this fight is largely about pride (well, and money). He’s going to want to impress against Chavez. He’s going to want to hurt him and do visible damage. How many risks will he take? Will he look for calculated spots to go for something big? Will he get himself into trouble trying to go toe-to-toe with the bigger man?

Even though Chavez isn’t a great fighter, this is a different beast than Canelo’s 2016 fights with Amir Khan and Liam Smith, men who posed no real threat to him. Sure, Khan was able to outbox him for a few rounds, but the end was inevitable, and violent. Chavez is a threat. He can’t be taken lightly, and Canelo, no matter if he gets ahead big early and does some damage, can’t ever start to coast or get too confident. He’ll have to be on his toes through the fight.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
Record: 50-2-1 (32 KO) … Streak: W2 … Last 5: 4-1 … Last 10: 8-2 … Stance: Orthodox … Height/Reach: 6’1″ / 73″ … Age: 31

Thoughts: Chavez is not that good of a fighter. But the reasons he might win this fight have nothing to do with his talent and everything to do with his physical size. He’s got a clear height advantage over Alvarez, a solid reach advantage, and will be the heavier man in the ring by a good bit.

The first concern is Chavez making the catchweight. He hasn’t had to come in below 168 in four and a half years, since he fought Sergio Martinez back in 2012. Even if he does make the weight, will he be drained doing so? Will he have left everything in training camp?

Talent-wise, he’s not on Canelo’s level. Even if you want to say that Alvarez isn’t a greatly skilled fighter, he’s never gone nip-and-tuck with the likes of Bryan Vera, Matt Vanda, Billy Lyell, or Sebastian Zbik. These are thoroughly mediocre fighters Chavez has struggled with, and Vera is within his last five fights, too, not ancient history.

If Chavez is going to win, it will be on brute force and physicality. Lucky for him, he has that ability here. This isn’t a situation like Andrzej Fonfara in 2015, when Fonfara, a man as big as Chavez, absolutely demolished him and beat him into submission. Fonfara was not going to be overwhelmed by Chavez’s size. Sergio Martinez, who embarrassed Chavez for 11 rounds, found himself the victim of Julio’s physical size advantage in the 12th round back in 2012, and if Chavez actually wakes up and throws punches before the last minute, he could do something similar early against Canelo. Canelo Alvarez vs Chavez Jr

Matchup Grade: B-. It’s intriguing enough physically, and it’s a big event, which will have a great atmosphere at T-Mobile. Whether we like it or not, whether “deserved” or not, this will be one of the biggest fights of 2017, and if there’s no Canelo-GGG fight made after this (or one to make, if Chavez wins), it could well be the biggest pay-per-view hit of 2017. There should also be enough action to keep it entertaining, whether it’s Chavez’s size pressing Canelo into uncomfortable depths, or Canelo sticking and moving and picking Chavez apart.

Source: BadleftHook

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Liam Smith to fight in America

Liam Smith has won 23 of his 24 professional fights, drawing the other
WBO light-middleweight champion Liam Smith will face WBC middleweight title holder Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in America on 17 September.

Liverpool fighter Smith, 27, said after his victory over Predrag Radosevic earlier this month that he was hopeful of a bout with the Mexican.

Alvarez’s last fight was against Amir Khan in Las Vegas, with the 25-year-old winning by sixth-round knock-out.

“To headline in America is a dream I’ve had since I started,” said Smith.

“This fight will allow me to make a name for myself in the US and show the Americans and Mexicans just how good I am.

“My next goal was to make my name across the Atlantic and this is the big stage that will enable me to do that against the biggest name in world boxing.”

At present no venue has been announced for the fight. Source: BBC.Com

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Liam “Beefy” Smith: The fight that nobody asked for

In an utterly predictable move, Golden Boy Promotions announced that former WBC Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be facing WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion Liam “Beefy” Smith on Sept. 17. Already, there has been a massive backlash on social media, with fans bombarding Canelo’s page with GGG memes and claiming to have abandoned ship.

Now, the point of view of Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya and Vice President Eric Gomez is simple: maximum reward for minimum risk. “Canelo” has already denied being a full-fledged middleweight, so moving back to 154 lbs. and fighting for a Jr. Middleweight title makes perfect sense. However, “Canelo” has claimed to be unable to make 154 lbs since his win over a weight drained Alfredo Angulo in 2014.

To make matters worse, “Canelo” isn’t even fighting one of the better fighters in the Jr. Middleweight division such as Demetrius Andrade, Erislandy Lara, or The Charlo Brothers. Any of those aforementioned fighters stand a legitimate chance of giving “Canelo” not only a loss, but a bad loss, where he would find himself out-skilled and out-boxed.

Now, rumor has it that “Canelo” and WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin have agreed to fight in the fall of 2017. Many boxing fans are naturally skeptical and unconvinced since “Canelo” has “agreed” to fight “GGG” in the past. Personally, I will not be convinced until “Canelo” signs a contract. Regardless, this represents yet another “black eye” for boxing and another unsatisfying and frustrating experience for the boxing public. “GGG” now finds himself between a rock and a hard place, as Daniel Jacobs and Billy Joe Saunders have also graciously declined to face him in the fall. This leaves him with two options: face Chris Eubank Jr. in a little interest keep busy fight, or move up to 168 lbs. and fight WBC Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez. “GGG” would be seen as the clear favorite in either of those fights.

“GGG”, is it worth waiting another full year for “Canelo” and Golden Boy Promotions to marinate the fight, and risk “Canelo” ducking the fight all over again through an unreasonable 90/10 split or a catchweight handicap? Also, risking that age will get the better of him and his performance slowing down enough to make it a much less competitive fight like we saw in “The Fight of the Century.” “Canelo” has even been shamed by the Mexican fans and Mexican boxing media who have elevated him to where he is now. It is no secret what “Canelo” and Golden Boy Promotions are doing to the boxing public in force feeding them unwanted mismatches against lower weight class opponents and hyping up the mediocre opposition as a legitimate threat and selling it on PPV. Hey, as long as “Canelo” knocks them out and looks good it doesn’t matter who he fights right? “Canelo” and Oscar De La Hoya seem to have taken his built-in Mexican fan base for granted and will be in for a rude awakening when their fight brings in 100-200K PPV buys and loses money on Mexican Independence Day weekend, the most profitable holiday of the year in boxing. Oscar De La Hoya risks even more of an embarrassment if Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. decides to spite him and hijack the date by facing WBC Welterweight Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a smart businessman and knows that no matter who he fights, he could give Oscar and “Canelo” a good run for their money. The only winner in this case- Liam “Beefy” Smith. Source: BoxingNews24.Com