In a huge Mexican clash on the Cinco de Mayo celebration weekend in Las Vegas, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bids to emulate his famous father to become the best fighter from his country.
Junior, a former middleweight world champion, has gone years without enjoying his previous successes and now faces the formidable Canelo Alvarez in a Pay-Per-View bout at the T-Mobile Arena.
A look at the best free bets for boxing betting tells you Chavez is highly unfancied for the win, whilst SkyBet (1/10) and Bet365 (1/7) have Canelo far and away as the favourite and at a completely unbackable price into the bargain.
The recent four-city press engagement went off without a hitch, even with the fierce rivalry between the two, who have been touted to meet in the ring for the past five years by fans and media alike.
Chavez, who is forced to boil down to 164.5 pounds for the encounter, was in confident mood despite the odds being stacked in Canelo’s favour.
“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,” said Chavez.
“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.”
Canelo, rated in the WBN Pound for Pound Top 50 and a two-time super-welterweight ruler, gave his thoughts by stating: “This is a brand new weight for me, but my team and I are going to work hard to get prepared and do everything necessary to win on May 6th.
“The rivalry has always been there between Julio César Chávez, Jr. and I, but obviously during this tour there were a lot of things said behind the cameras that made it even more intense. We’re going to work really hard to give everyone a great fight.
“You haven’t seen the best of me. Every fight I keep getting better, and I hope this one brings out the best in me.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–Julio César Chávez, Sr. is one of the best, if not the best fighter in history. I grew up watching him and learned a lot from him, but that won’t have any influence when I fight his son.
“Every fight I have in front of me is a very important fight, and this fight is no different to my legacy.
“We are here now, and I’m very excited and happy to give the fans a great fight from this rivalry.”
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya was known to be keen on pitting Chavez and Canelo together for some time and was purring with delight at the Los Angeles leg of the tour.
“I see the excitement from the fans all over for this fight. The reason we chose this fight is because boxing needs it and the fans will see a great fight,” he said.
“Canelo is a warrior and Chávez Jr. is a warrior. All eyes are going to be on Canelo and Chávez Jr. on Cinco de Mayo weekend and Mexican boxing will once again be on top.
“This is a totally new fight for Canelo. He is always in great shape and is a disciplined fighter, but he has never faced Chávez, Jr. This fight has the ingredients to be a war.
“I call it a civil war because both fighters are Mexican,” added De La Hoya.
The T-Mobile Arena is already a sell-out and only tickets for closed circuit viewing are available as fans look forward to one of the most anticipated battles of the year on May 6.