Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez is bulking up in a bid to be ready for his first outing above 155 pounds against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
The pair of rivals meet on May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at a catchweight of 164.5 pounds and Canelo aims to be in the best shape possible in order to claim a victory for his fans.
“It’s a new weight, so I have started to spar with heavier partners, which everyone will notice come fight night,” said Alvarez.
“Fights between Mexicans are usually the biggest, and I want this fight to be a mark on the legacy that many fights like this have left behind in Mexico’s fight history.
“I think that a rivalry does exist, and we are both polemic fighters. There have been a lot of comments directed towards me and my character, and I fight for pride to represent my country.
“We are of course are training at 100 percent. I think what makes this fight interesting is that we are both heavy punchers. I’ve been in my fair share of mega-fights, and the boxing ring is my home.
“I have had the same people in my corner since the very beginning, and I trust Chepo and Eddy to fully support me in my corner,” he added.
Chavez is boiling down further after campaigning at 175 pounds not so long ago, having scored his latest triumph at 168 pounds over Dominik Britsch.
Getting down those two and a half pounds won’t be a walk in the park for Chavez – who has had weight problems in the past, and will need to do things the right way in order to be strong enough to compete at the first bell.