Under the watchful eye of Oscar de la Hoya, Canelo Alvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr. took back Cinco de Mayo weekend with a “Mexican Civil War” (de la Hoya’s words) that left audiences breathless thanks to Canelo’s utter domination. Of course, the biggest news is Gennady Golovkin walking out after the fight to confirm he’ll battle Canelo FINALLY in September, but first, the fight that happened tonight…
Thankfully, Chavez Jr. made weight on the dot, so he didn’t have to pay the million dollars per pound over the weight limit fine, but he was still massive compared to Canelo. We knew coming in that Canelo would be the better fighter, but there was no doubt Chavez was bigger, towering over him at the weigh-ins. How much of a difference did it make?
Ultimately, four inches of height advantage didn’t matter, nor did the three-inch reach advantage of Chavez Jr., who was getting worked early and often. Chavez was looking far slower, and less sharp than Cinnamon, who was dominating the inside of the ring and jabbing at will. In fact, through three rounds, Canelo was throwing almost double the amount of strikes as Chavez, and wearing down the bigger man with every minute in the ring.