12-round battle on Cinco de Mayo weekend, two-division world champion and Pay-Per-View superstar Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) takes on former WBC World Middleweight Champion and countryman Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs).
Presented by Golden Boy Promotions in an HBO-televised Pay-Per-View, Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr will also broadcast online on Golden Boy boxing and Flipps to viewers in US and Canada available on LIVE iPPV.
The event will be available to watch online at canelo-chavez.com in English and Spanish with live commentary in both languages provided by boxing pundits whose names are yet to be revealed. Flipps viewers can access both live streams with just one order.
The event referred to as the Mexico vs Mexico mega fight meets two of Mexico’s finest boxers Canelo Álvarez and Julio César Chávez, Jr. in a historic showdown that will rival the biggest fights in Mexico’s rich boxing history.
Boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez makes his return to the ring since Sept. 17 2016 when he knocked out the previously undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith in front of more than 51,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium. With a left hand hook to the liver, Canelo finished off Smith at 2:28 of the ninth round, taking home the WBO belt.
Canelo will be etching his name at the top of the list of legendary fighters to represent Mexico, testing his legacy against the bloodline of boxing’s royalty, Julio César Chávez, Jr. on May 6, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Former four-time WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. has proven that he is worthy of carrying the legacy he inherited by his father, living legend and six time world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr.
Combatting some of the most highly regarded fighters in boxing such as Marcos Reye, Brian Vera, Marco Antonio Rubio, and Matt Vanda to only name a few.
In his most recent performance, Chávez, Jr. met with highly regarded Dominik Britsch, winning the bout via unanimous decision with scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 99-91at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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“Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr.” PPV Card
The “Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr.” PPV card is loaded with exciting knockout artists, with eight of the main card fighters having a combined record of 272-18-2 with 194 knockouts, highlighted by the Alvarez-Chavez, Jr. cumulative record of 98-3-2 with 66 stoppages.
The 10-round co-feature also has explosive potential as middleweights David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) and Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs) have a higher combined knockout percentage than Alvarez-Chavez. Jr.
Lemieux, 28, is a highly skilled fighter from Montreal and a former International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight world champion. He is 12-1 in his last 13 fights, since his loss to unified world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
At stake for Lemieux is a possible throw-down with “Canelo” later this year. The Canadian slugger has quality victories over Curtis Stevens, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Gabe Rosado, Fernando Guerrero. Lemieux is currently world rated among the top seven middleweights by all four major sanctioning bodies – WBO & WBC #4, WBA #5 and IBF #7 — as well as No. 3 by (independent) The Ring.
Reyes, fighting out of Chihuahua, Mexico, went the distance in 2015 with Chavez, Jr., in a loss by way of 10-round unanimous decision. Reyes is a former WBC FECOMBOX middleweight and Mexican light middleweight champion.
Former Interim WBC super lightweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) returns to action for the first time since October 3, 2015 against Maryland welterweight Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (20-4, 14 KOs).
Matthysse is a fan-favorite fighter, power puncher from Argentina. His signature victories have been against former world champions Ruslan Provodnikov, Lamont Peterson, Humberto Soto, DeMarcus Corley and Vivian Harris
Taylor was a decorated American amateur boxer who owned a 186-26 amateur record, including three gold-medal performances in the National PAL Championships. The 26-year-old has never been stopped as a professional, taking world champions Adrian Broner and Chris Algieri the distance. Taylor has defeated Karim Mayfield, Victor Manuel Cayo and Raymond Serrano, among the more notables.
Rising featherweight star Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. faces fellow undefeated Californian Manuel Avila in a 10-round bout with future world title fight implications.
The 24-year-old Diaz, Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, is the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) featherweight champion. He is the No. 2 contenders in the WBC and WBO world ratings, as well as No. 7 in the IBF. His most recent fight was a win by a 10-round unanimous decision (100-90 X 3) over 30-1-1 Horacio Garcia last December.
Avila, rated No. 10 by the WBC, is a live underdog having defeated 28-6 Jose Ramirez, 24-7 Prosper Ankrah and 23-6 Rene Alvarado in his last three fights.