It was that much of a blowout.
WBO junior middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez faced off Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at 164 lbs. in a Cinco De Mayo weekend showdown. Canelo put on a most dominating performance, taking every round on all three judges’ scorecards for a unanimous decision victory.
Canelo was in a relaxed groove and throwing stiff shots in the second round, and by the third Chavez was already gassed, not moving around or punching much and bleeding from the nose. By the fifth, Canelo was already throwing combinations seemingly at will, with Chavez eating them.
By the halfway point of the fight, Canelo was way ahead in the punches landed category, leading his opponent 120-33.
From the broadcast: 120 to 33, punches landed, in favor of Canelo through six rounds. #CaneloChavez
— ESPN Boxing (@ESPNBoxing) May 7, 2017
In fact, the fight was so one-sided, Canelo did not sit at any point in his corner during the rest periods between rounds.
As reported on social media, Chavez’s father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., even got involved during one of the rest periods, yelling at the referee and his son’s corner.
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. is yelling at his son’s corner and the referee in between rounds. pic.twitter.com/H9d9yKvM0m
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 7, 2017
Well, Canelo would purposely rest against the ropes and let Chavez get some shots in, only to not get hurt and fire back.
To give Chavez some credit, he absorbed all the shots, managing to not get knocked down once during the bout. But he was taking a beating with many wondering when the referee would step in or when his corner would throw in the towel.
That never happened, however, and the fight went the distance. Canelo out-punched Chavez Jr. with a final total of 228-71. In terms of just simply punches thrown, Canelo’s production was double that of Chavez’s, 604-302.