Smart observers had to know that it was going to be either war or full-on surrender when it came to Saturday’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. twelve-round catchweight bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As things turned out, we got the latter in the heavily-hyped Mexican showdown.
Chavez Jr. simply had no answers for anything Alvarez did Saturday and put zero effort into getting the ball rolling to turn the tide. Canelo was the better fighter with the sharper execution landing the bigger punches over the course of the entire one-sided affair that ended with three judges’ scores of 120-108.
The only drama of the evening died out seconds into the bout as it became clear that Alvarez could do as he pleased against a frozen, dead-eyed Chavez and didn’t get whipped up again until it was announced, post-fight, that Alvarez’s next opponent would indeed be Gennady Golovkin.
The formal presentation of the long-awaited Alvarez-Golovkin bout saved the day for what was otherwise a dreary, one-sided PPV card capped off by a blow-out main event.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth report from Las Vegas from The Boxing Tribune’s on-site reporter Matthew Quigley.