Chavez: Canelo Thought I Was An Easy Fight
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. knows Canelo Alvarez picked him for his next fight because Alvarez considers Chavez a lower-risk, higher-reward proposition than Gennady Golovkin, despite Chavez’s significant size advantage. The enigmatic ex-middleweight title-holder is fine with that now that he has been presented with a lucrative chance to begin changing his damaged image May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (HBO Pay-Per-View).
“Canelo needs to fight me and I need to fight him,” Chavez said Tuesday before a press conference at Hard Rock Café in Manhattan. “I think this fight happened because Golden Boy flipped a coin. [They think] Chavez is easier than Golovkin and they’ll make more money. That’s why this fight happened.”
The 31-year-old Chavez admits that he was surprised Alvarez agreed to fight him, even at a catch weight of 164½ pounds.
Chavez (50-2-1, 32 KOs, 1 NC) figured they were too far apart in weight for them to meet at this point. He also has watched closely as Alvarez avoided fighting Golovkin, and expected the Mexican superstar to choose a smaller opponent, with less power, for his next fight.
“I was very surprised,” Chavez said. “I never thought this fight would happen because of the weight difference and because Canelo, I think De La Hoya made a good career finding him opponents. This fight, I think it’s a little dangerous for Canelo. After the Lara fight and Mayweather, I didn’t see Canelo take a risk.”
Guadalupe Valencia, Chavez’ attorney, added that without fighting Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs), Alvarez needs Chavez to help re-establish himself as a pay-per-view star following back-to-back pay-per-view events drew fewer buys than anticipated. Though Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is listed as a 10-1 favorite, Alvarez-Chavez could emerge as the most successful pay-per-view show of 2017 and will be an enormous event throughout their native Mexico.
“The reality for Canelo’s people is this – his last pay-per-view [did] 220,000 [buys],” Valencia said, referring to Alvarez’s ninth-round knockout of England’s Liam Smith on September 17 in Arlington, Texas. “His next pay-per-view was gonna be less than that. And so, they needed this fight because it was either Julio or Golovkin, like [Chavez] said.”