Chavez: Canelo Doesn’t Want to Fight GGG

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is not lacking confidence heading into the biggest fight of his life against Canelo Alvarez in May. The son of the most beloved Mexican boxer in history, Chavez believes his size advantage will lead to a victory over Canelo. Still, Chavez agrees with many in the boxing world who believe Canelo took this fight because he doesn’t want to fight Gennady Golovkin.

During the lengthy press tour ahead of the Mexican super-fight, Chavez was honest in his assessment of how the fight with Canelo came to be.

"I think he saw the fight [with me as something that is] easier and worth more money," Chavez told ESPN Deportes. "He had no choice in this situation, because if he did not fight with me and it wasn’t with [Golovkin] – then [Canelo’s] numbers would have been going down. That’s why this fight was made."

Canelo and his promoters have insisted that the fight between he and middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will take place in September of this year. Asked to analyze that fight, Chavez does not like Canelo’s chances.

"I think the favorite [to win that fight] is Golovkin. He’s the legitimate champion at 160 pounds. He’s defended his titles at 160 pounds… everything can happen and Canelo did not want to take the risk. I do not know exactly what he’s thinking, but I’m glad he’s fighting me.

‘I don’t know if it’s fear, I do not know what Canelo is thinking. I do not know him personally, but maybe he thinks he can lose [with Golovkin], he sees it as a tough fight. To fight [Golovkin]…. I think he sees it as something difficult. Canelo, if he knew that he could win, he would grab [that fight]."

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