Fighting Words: What Does Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Think Of Canelo Alvarez?
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. isn’t as enamored with Canelo Alvarez as others are.
Chavez fought Canelo back on May 6, 2017. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Despite suffering a loss to Canelo and the fact that the Mexican star has just one career defeat, Chavez isn’t impressed.
The former WBC Middleweight Champion explained why he feels Alvarez gets unwarranted praise (h/t Boxing Scene).
“Canelo is a good fighter, but these days he is extremely overrated,” Chavez said. “For me and for many, in his last 10 fights, he has had an advantage with weight. In the two fights with Golovkin, he went to a draw and [defeated Golovkin via majority decision]. The fight [he had with] Cotto could have been a draw and they cheated me with the weight…. by weighing me at nine o’clock and then not being able to eat until one in the afternoon, something that has never been seen in history.”
Chavez noted that he’d like to have a rematch with Canelo down the line. He feels that he can deliver a better showing at the proper weight.
The status of Canelo in 2020 remains murky. He is reportedly having issues with major sports streaming platform DAZN. The company reportedly is unwilling to pay Canelo a $35 million guarantee due to a lack of top-drawing bouts including a trilogy fight with Gennadiy Golovkin. Canelo last competed on November 2, 2019.
As for Chavez, he’s prepared to return to the boxing ring on September 25. He’s scheduled to meet Mario Abel Cazares in Tiajuana, Mexico. This will be Chavez’s first bout since December 20, 2019. He’ll look to wash away the memory of his fifth-round TKO loss to Daniel Jacobs. He’s also hoping to put past controversies behind him such as the end of the Jacobs fight, weight-cutting issues, and refusing to take a drug test.