Chavez Jr.: Canelo is Overhyped
Former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) believes his upcoming opponent, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), is overhyped and not deserving of what his handlers are labeling him as – the best fighter in the world.
The two Mexican rivals are going to meet on May 6th, Cinco De Mayo weekend, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Their showdown will take place at a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds.
In his last fight, Canelo stopped previously unbeaten Liam Smith to capture the WBO junior middleweight title last September in Texas. Prior to that contest, Canelo knocked out welterweight Amir Khan, at a catch-weight of 155, at the T-Mobile during last year’s Cinco De Mayo weekend.
Canelo is a two division champion, but Chavez Jr. is claiming that his upcoming opponent always takes advantage of other fighters with catch-weights and other behind the scenes advantages – stating that Canelo came in overweight against Matthew Hatton, who was coming up from 147, to beat the British fighter for the vacant WBC 154-pound belt. Chavez discusses how years later Canelo won the middleweight belt by facing Miguel Cotto at 155-pounds instead of three belt champion Gennady Golovkin at 160.
And Chavez Jr. was least impressed with Canelo’s last world title win against Smith, who had never fought anyone on a world class level. He wants to make his countryman pay in what is arguably the most important fight for both of their careers back in Mexico.
"It’s a very important fight for Mexican boxing and for my career," Chavez said. "Canelo has not done anything [that is impressive]. Smith was the weakest champion in his own division. This fight will be different. Canelo is not even half of Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao was. I’ve prepared very hard for this fight and I will win."