Eyebrows were certainly raised when the announcement of a massive Mexican clash between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was made for May 6 in Las Vegas this month.
Canelo is set to move up from his position as the main man at 154 pounds, bypassing the division of his main rival, Gennady Golovkin, and heading straight to 164.5 pounds for the Chavez encounter where the betting odds are firmly in his favour, according to mytopsportsbooks.com
Despite promoter Oscar De La Hoya stating Canelo wanted more time to fill out before facing Golovkin at 160, the 26 year-old is ignoring the middleweight class altogether for his next outing.
Questions will now be asked as to whether Canelo intends to move back down to 160 to challenge ‘GGG’ for his clutch of belts, as promised in September, as the two-weight king prepares to meet one of his other fiercest rivals.
The general consensus on Chavez, even at just 30 years old, is that he’s past his best and will be hard-pressed to even manage the 164.5 pounds mark the day before the fight, which could be a game-changer just hours before the pair then square-off.
Should Chavez be unable to make 164.5 pounds, a 24-hour weight stipulation is certain to be in place, whilst a monetary penalty could also hit the ex-WBC middleweight champion hard in the build-up.
At the end of the day, De La Hoya is not going to risk his prized asset in any form of weight compromise, which is the main reason for Canelo being favoured to possibly do a similar job on Chavez that Andrzej Fonfara did two years previously.
The big question is…what does Canelo gain from a big win over Chavez? – quite simply, Mexican pride. These two stars have been talked about sharing a ring for some time now and need to settle their differences before the weight issue becomes completely impossible…which ultimately had to mean a lucrative Cinco de Mayo collision.