De La Hoya: In-Shape Chavez Makes Me Nervous
Whether he is being honest or just doing his duties as a promoter, Oscar De La Hoya says that he is nervous for his star fighter Canelo Alvarez ahead of his May fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
The larger Chavez has apparently taken the preparation seriously and is in the best shape of his life. De La Hoya admitted in a recent interview with Fight Hub TV that he and the rest of the Golden Boy team had assumed Canelo would make easy work of Chavez. Now that he sees the shape that Chavez is in, he is regretting those comments.
"It’s nerve-racking because we obviously feel that Canelo can walk right through him," De La Hoya said, "but hearing all these stories from people who know firsthand that Chavez is looking incredible, so, I mean, he’s gonna be in tip-top shape, his style is going to be different because of Nacho Beristain, so Canelo’s not gonna know what to deal with maybe inside the ring. So he has to adjust the first 3-4 rounds so we’ll see. We’ll see how it pans out.”
Many in the boxing community believe that Chavez Jr. will do more than just give Canelo a tough test, but will also prepare him for an eventual showdown with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. De La Hoya sees the similarities in the two matchups, particularly in Golovkin’s strength which he believes Canelo will get a preview of if Chavez shows up in shape.
“Well it’s the strength. Golovkin is all strength, brute strength, so fights like this obviously helps Canelo, and look, let’s just say that 2017 is going to be exciting, it’s going to be really big for boxing. So I’m thrilled that we can be apart of this and make the big fights happen.”