Alvarez sleepwalks through Chavez, Golovkin next

Ruben Ruiz
May 8, 2017

That's why as soon as Alvarez's runaway unanimous decision was announced, they quickly transitioned into a pre-planned fight announcement that fans have waited years to hear. He did not win every minute of every round, but in the opinion of the judges he won every round, each scoring the bout a 120-108 shutout.

With the surprise announcement, Canelo's fight with Chavez may have been nothing more than an appetizer.

Once he was in the ring he shook Alvarez's hand and then the two announced that they have agreed to fight on September 16 on HBO pay per view. "On my part that is what you're going to see".

"I think I am going to stay in the 168 pound division", Chavez Jr stated.

Unbeknownst to the public, Golden Boy and K2 promotions, who represent Golovkin, came to an agreement for the bout during the week. Alvarez responded to a question about possibly ignoring Chavez.

Alvarez disappointed boxing fans previous year by surrendering his World Boxing Council middleweight belt to three-belt champion Golovkin rather than fight him.

If there was any doubt as to who is the biggest Mexican boxing star before May 6, Canelo Alvarez shattered any remaining doubt. The only thing missing was an Oscar De La Hoya chair shot to kick off the program. And his body had to hurt too, because Canelo pummeled it throughout the fight. Amir Khan and Chavez Jr, with the latter setting a new attendance record at 20,510.

But if Saturday night's glorified sparring session victory for Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) over Chavez Jr.

Chavez always seemed to be riding on the flowing coat tail of his father, who is almost universally recognized as Mexico's greatest boxer.

Alvarez earned a guarantee of $5 million, Chavez $3 million.

"You can't run. I know you have business to attend", said Jacobs to in talking about Golovkin and a potential rematch that he wants.

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Both his eyes were half closed, a dark tint of bruising surrounding each.

Alvarez was proud to win bragging rights to Mexico. Whatever external pain he was experiencing was nothing compared to the embarrassment he was carrying within.

The 900,000 pay-per-view buys Alvarez garnered when he fought Cotto in 2015 dipped to 600,000 when he fought Amir Khan previous year, and that number was cut in half to 300,000 when Alvarez fought Liam Smith last September.

There were moments when Canelo appeared to relax in the fight and slow his own workrate but he maintained that was only to goad Chavez in. He was very good.

It was billed as a great all-Mexican bout on Cinco de Mayo weekend, but Canelo Alvarez was the only one who showed up to the one-sided battle. "I've shown I can showcase myself". I have missed calls from Dubai and the United Kingdom where we saw them put on the Joshua vs Klitschko fight.

"This is the most anticipated fight since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao", De La Hoya said.

As the two fighters wrapped up the proceedings, the two men offered up some final thoughts for each other, revving up the interest in the fight.

All signs were pointing to Floyd Mayweather returning to the ring to face UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor on September 16. He wiped out the memory of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.'s nightmare performance within seconds of its conclusion.

Boxing fans, get pumped. "This is incredible fight for everyone".

As things turned out, it couldn't have come soon enough.

LAS VEGAS - It was a scene straight out of a WWE production, in which completed storylines don't have time for reflection and examination and the next match is always more important than the last one.

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