Canelo Routs Chavez Jr on “Cinco De Mayo”

One week after one of the most fan-friendly heavyweight title fights in history, the mercurial sport of boxing took a backward step. The heavily-hyped all-Mexican showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was a stinker. Canelo Alvarez thoroughly outclassed Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In a performance that may have shamed his legendary father, Junior fought a survivor’s fight and lost all 12 rounds on all three scorecards. There were no knockdowns.

At the final pre-fight press conference, promoter Oscar De La Hoya said, “I think it’s safe to say that this is the biggest fight in Mexican boxing history.” By one yardstick that prove true. The attendance, announced at 20,510, set a record for an indoor fight in Las Vegas. But the fight was a disappointment as round after round the methodical Canelo used his adversary as a punching bag. Boos rained down from the audience as the bout wended to its dour conclusion.

Chavez Jr. had a few good moments. They came when he caught Canelo with his back to the ropes. However, during these rare occurrences, one got the feeling that Alvarez was playing possum.

After the fight, Canelo, who elevated his record to 49-1-1, stated that he would fight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin next. The likely venue for the surefire blockbuster is “Jerry’s World,” otherwise known as AT&T Stadium, the arena built to house the Dallas Cowboys. Golovkin was in attendance with his trainer Abel Sanchez, something of a surprise as he had given out hints that he wouldn’t be there.

If the negotiations unravel, David Lemieux is waiting in the wings. Lemieux was victorious in the co-feature, winning a lopsided decision (99-91 twice; 98-92) over overmatched but stubborn Marco Reyes.

Lemieux, who boosted his ledger to 38-3, established his authority in the opening frame and had a big second round when a powerful uppercut left a bad gash over Reyes’ left eye. The crimson flowed more copiously in the next frame during which Lemieux landed several thudding left hooks. In the next round, a chopping right sent Reyes mouthpiece flying across the ring. At this point, it appeared that the end was near, but Reyes soldiered on and took the bout to the scorecards. He even hurt Lemieux on several occasions late in the fight, earning cheers from the crowd for his gallant effort.

For the results of other fights, check out our companion piece by ringside reporter David A. Avila.

 

Canelo Routs Chavez Jr on “Cinco De Mayo”

Below are the results from the undercard.

 

Saturday, May 6th, 2016 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

164.5 LB 12 RDS: Saul Alvarez def Julio Cesar Chavez Jr via UD (120-108, 120-108, 120-108)
126 LBS 10 RDS: Joseph Diaz def Manuel Avila via UD (100-91,99-91,99-91)
147 LBS 10 RDS: Lucas Martin Matthysse def Emmanuel Taylor via KO in RD 5 @2:21.
160 LBS 10 RDS: David Lemieux def Marcos Reyes via UD (98-91,99-90,99-90)
122 LBS 10 RDS: Ronny Rios def Daniel Noriega via TKO in RD 4 @2:22.
135 LBS 6 RDS: Ryan Garcia def  Tyrone Luckey via TKO in RD 2.
154 LBS 4 RDS: Raul Curiel def Jesus Ibarra Sanchez via MD (40-36,40-36,38-38)
135 LBS 6 RDS: Joseph Aguierre def Angel Alspuro via UD (60-54,60-54,60-54)
112 LBS 4×2 RDS: Marlen Esparza def Samanatha Salazar via UD (40-36,40-36,40-36)

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COMMENTS

-amayseng :

YIKES. Glad I didnt buy this . Chavez made the weight, but he had absolutely NOTHING left. It was a despicable effort. That was the worst attempt in a fight that I can remember, Chavez barely even through any punches and his reactions were very delayed. You could tell his brain was struggling to process and his body was further behind, his organs were not operating properly either. This kinda thing is unsafe and unhealthy and could ruin a fighter's life, health wise. Chavez knew he had nothing so he chose just to survive and keep away. He knew when he signed the dotted line, he figured for 6 million sure he will come in dead drained and stagger around the ring like a zombie, although I have never seen a zombie back pedaling for ten rounds looking to stay away from any contact. As for Canelo, he is over hyping himself big time. Sure his punches like fast and swift, though he is not a power puncher, just an accumulation puncher, against smaller guys, or old guys, or drained guys. This fight hurts Canelo's preparation with GGG, it is like being an all state basketball player as a senior in high school and going to the playground to beat up on 8th graders, you decline not progress for the next challenge. GGG is visibly taller than Canelo and Canelo got little man syndrome when he entered the ring. Canelo is in big trouble as GGG will have him going backward all night reacting and wearing down quickly.


-amayseng :

YIKES. Glad I didnt buy this . Chavez made the weight, but he had absolutely NOTHING left. It was a despicable effort. That was the worst attempt in a fight that I can remember, Chavez barely even through any punches and his reactions were very delayed. You could tell his brain was struggling to process and his body was further behind, his organs were not operating properly either. This kinda thing is unsafe and unhealthy and could ruin a fighter's life, health wise. Chavez knew he had nothing so he chose just to survive and keep away. He knew when he signed the dotted line, he figured for 6 million sure he will come in dead drained and stagger around the ring like a zombie, although I have never seen a zombie back pedaling for ten rounds looking to stay away from any contact. As for Canelo, he is over hyping himself big time. Sure his punches like fast and swift, though he is not a power puncher, just an accumulation puncher, against smaller guys, or old guys, or drained guys. This fight hurts Canelo's preparation with GGG, it is like being an all state basketball player as a senior in high school and going to the playground to beat up on 8th graders, you decline not progress for the next challenge. GGG is visibly taller than Canelo and Canelo got little man syndrome when he entered the ring. Canelo is in big trouble as GGG will have him going backward all night reacting and wearing down quickly.


-oubobcat :

I went to the theater and plucked down a few less dollars than the ppv. Definitely am disappointed in the effort of Chavez. He clearly looked drawn. His win was making weight and going the distance not quitting. Going the distance seemed to be his entire focus. He never had the intention of digging down and trying to win this fight. This basically turned into a glorified 12 round sparring session for Canelo. I don't think this hurt Canelo's preparation for GGG. Canelo has been fighting a long time and will have four months to get fully ready for GGG. Canelo has seen all sorts of styles and should be much better prepared for GGG than he was say a few years ago when he fought Mayweather and fought the wrong style fight. We know have four months of talk and speculation as to how the fight plays out. This will be fun.


-oubobcat :

I went to the theater and plucked down a few less dollars than the ppv. Definitely am disappointed in the effort of Chavez. He clearly looked drawn. His win was making weight and going the distance not quitting. Going the distance seemed to be his entire focus. He never had the intention of digging down and trying to win this fight. This basically turned into a glorified 12 round sparring session for Canelo. I don't think this hurt Canelo's preparation for GGG. Canelo has been fighting a long time and will have four months to get fully ready for GGG. Canelo has seen all sorts of styles and should be much better prepared for GGG than he was say a few years ago when he fought Mayweather and fought the wrong style fight. We know have four months of talk and speculation as to how the fight plays out. This will be fun.


-amayseng :

I went to the theater and plucked down a few less dollars than the ppv. Definitely am disappointed in the effort of Chavez. He clearly looked drawn. His win was making weight and going the distance not quitting. Going the distance seemed to be his entire focus. He never had the intention of digging down and trying to win this fight. This basically turned into a glorified 12 round sparring session for Canelo. I don't think this hurt Canelo's preparation for GGG. Canelo has been fighting a long time and will have four months to get fully ready for GGG. Canelo has seen all sorts of styles and should be much better prepared for GGG than he was say a few years ago when he fought Mayweather and fought the wrong style fight. We know have four months of talk and speculation as to how the fight plays out. This will be fun.
You can't take batting practice for 12 months then fight a killer like GGG and not take a few rounds or more to adjust. Canelo did not fight the wrong fight against Floyd, he got white washed with ease. Floyd put him on the back foot and showed he couldnt counter a quicker, craftier guy, then Floyd made him come forward and show he can not punch and move his feet at the same time. If GGG fights Canelo like he did DL then it will be a one sided hammering jab at distance all night with Canelo not being able to produce much offense. Or GGG can keep pushing Canelo back as he rips him with body and head shots all night. GGG will have the height advantage, reach advantage, power advantage. Canelo does look good and quick with his shots and combinations, but he has to take something off of them to deliver them that quickly. Just look, Canelo was NOT able to hurt an old waaaay past prime Cotto, Floyd hurt and staggered Cotto at least 3 times 5 years ago, Canelo took forever to get L Smith out of there, who was landing lots of shots on Canelo, Khan was winning every round until finally getting his glass chin cracked 6 rounds later. I like Canelo, he is usually exciting to watch, but many are blinded and do not see his obvious faults. GGG fighting a taller and much bigger Jacobs, about 188lbs, who had a longer reach and was faster and quicker will prepare him for the Canelo fight. It will be very shocking how easy GGG beats Canelo. Also, the lay offs will actually help GGG as he is 35 years old now, although accustomed to fighting 4x a year to stay sharp, that is a young mans game, at 35 the rest will benefit him.


-amayseng :

I went to the theater and plucked down a few less dollars than the ppv. Definitely am disappointed in the effort of Chavez. He clearly looked drawn. His win was making weight and going the distance not quitting. Going the distance seemed to be his entire focus. He never had the intention of digging down and trying to win this fight. This basically turned into a glorified 12 round sparring session for Canelo. I don't think this hurt Canelo's preparation for GGG. Canelo has been fighting a long time and will have four months to get fully ready for GGG. Canelo has seen all sorts of styles and should be much better prepared for GGG than he was say a few years ago when he fought Mayweather and fought the wrong style fight. We know have four months of talk and speculation as to how the fight plays out. This will be fun.
You can't take batting practice for 12 months then fight a killer like GGG and not take a few rounds or more to adjust. Canelo did not fight the wrong fight against Floyd, he got white washed with ease. Floyd put him on the back foot and showed he couldnt counter a quicker, craftier guy, then Floyd made him come forward and show he can not punch and move his feet at the same time. If GGG fights Canelo like he did DL then it will be a one sided hammering jab at distance all night with Canelo not being able to produce much offense. Or GGG can keep pushing Canelo back as he rips him with body and head shots all night. GGG will have the height advantage, reach advantage, power advantage. Canelo does look good and quick with his shots and combinations, but he has to take something off of them to deliver them that quickly. Just look, Canelo was NOT able to hurt an old waaaay past prime Cotto, Floyd hurt and staggered Cotto at least 3 times 5 years ago, Canelo took forever to get L Smith out of there, who was landing lots of shots on Canelo, Khan was winning every round until finally getting his glass chin cracked 6 rounds later. I like Canelo, he is usually exciting to watch, but many are blinded and do not see his obvious faults. GGG fighting a taller and much bigger Jacobs, about 188lbs, who had a longer reach and was faster and quicker will prepare him for the Canelo fight. It will be very shocking how easy GGG beats Canelo. Also, the lay offs will actually help GGG as he is 35 years old now, although accustomed to fighting 4x a year to stay sharp, that is a young mans game, at 35 the rest will benefit him.