Cinco de Mayo 2017 photos by Al Applerose
The Mexican showdown between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez drew a sold out crowd of more than 20,000 fans to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 6. Even the close circuit theaters in other venues were sold out.
Canelo landed early with a variety of blows to Chavez who had a height and weight advantage by fight time. Chavez could not defend against the much quicker Alvarez.
Canelo Alvarez never sat down on a stool between rounds as trainers Eddy and Jose Reynoso worked on him. Alvarez never tired.
Chavez did have moments but even when he landed he did not seem to have energy in his punches. The long absence from the ring and losing weight seemed to drain him of energy.
Canelo Alvarez hit Chavez with vicious uppercuts throughout the fight. But Chavez was never in danger of going down. He simply could not match the number of punches coming from the smaller Alvarez.
Alvarez showed he is the best fighter from Mexico with a dominating performance. He won every round of the fight. But there were no knockdowns. Chavez showed once again he could take a punch, but just could not hurt Alvarez.
Standing toe to toe Canelo and Triple G will meet for the undisputed middleweight championship on Sept. 16. Finally, after two years, the two popular and talented middleweights will finally meet. Possible venues are Las Vegas, Dallas, New York City or Los Angeles. Whoever offers the best site fee will be the host of the biggest fight of the year.
Immediately after the Chavez-Canelo fight ended, the middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin walked into the arena. Canelo announced publicly to those in the arena and those watching on television that Canelo-GGG is going to happen on Sept. 16. Contracts are signed said Golden Boy's Oscar De La Hoya and K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler. No venue has been chosen.