Former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is focused on causing an upset by following Floyd Mayweather Jr. in defeating Canelo Alvarez.
Chavez seemed to be on his way down – career-wise – when defeated by Andrzej Fonfara at light-heavyweight in 2015, although a win over Dominik Britsch proved he could successfully make it down to 168 putting the 31 year-old in the frame for a long-awaited Canelo fight on May 6.
“I’ve been making my way to this fight. My last fight was at 168 pounds. This fight isn’t going to be any different from any other fight that I have had in the past. I want to thank all the people who have come to support me over the years,” said Chavez Jr.
“This is going to be a tough fight. Every fight is important, and this one especially because it is between two Mexicans fighting each other for the glory.
“The fight could not have come at a more perfect timing – both my and Canelo’s names are known throughout the world as some of the best fighters.
“My two losses against Martinez and Fonfara taught me more than all 50 of my wins. This fight has the potential to open many doors to my future that might have been closed before. I fight for pride – everyone says that Canelo is the best. I’m very focused on this fight because it is a great opportunity for my career. I feel great to be involved in this event and show the world I can beat anybody.
“This fight is special and has motivated me to train hard. On May 6, I will be 100 percent.
“My father’s name will always be with me for what he accomplished in the ring, but when I fight Canelo on May 6th, you can expect a guaranteed war.
“With Nacho Beristain in my corner, I have a lot of knowledge on my side. It’s symbolic because he has his name etched as one of the greats, and this is a tribute to him and is a contribution to Mexican boxing. Canelo isn’t Oscar De La Hoya’s son. I’ve got a great corner. I am going to win this fight,” he added.