Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr meet in an all-Mexican grudge match live on BoxNation, Saturday 6th May.
The catchweight contest will take place at an agreed weight of 164.5 pounds, with severe sanctions in place should Chavez come in heavy.
It is pushing five years since Jr fought below the Super-Middleweight limit and is also an increase of over 10lbs that Canelo hit the scales ahead of his last outing, against Britain’s very own Liam Smith.
Whilst the weight will be a strong talking point prior to the contest, there’s national pride at stake. Talks have been ongoing for what seems years but now that the ink has dried on contracts, it is fitting the contest will take place on the coveted Cinco De Mayo weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo is arguably the biggest name in boxing at present and added the WBO World Super-Welterweight Title to his ever growing belt collection back in September.
Fans will be upbeat a future fight with Gennady Golovkin, that has been long in the offering, can now be made should he advance against Chavez after various hurdles were overcome in the negotiations.
Son of the legendary three-weight World Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, Jr will know this fight is his opportunity to get back into the big time.
After winning and subsequently defending the WBC World Middleweight Title over a year long period, Chavez then was dethroned by Sergio Martinez back in September 2012. Despite giving Martinez hell for the last round, it was still a unanimous decision victory for Martinez which proved to be Jr’s fight taste of defeat.
After spending a year out of the ring, Chavez pilled on the pounds and outpointed Bryan Vera in both their fights to set up a contest with Andrzej Fonfara.
Chavez was sent crashing to the canvas for the first time in his career in the ninth round and then failed to come out of his corner for the start of the tenth handing Fonfara a TKO victory.
Two points victories have followed, most recently with Dominik Britsch in December which marked a landmark 50th professional victory for the now 30-year-old.
Speaking after the announcement of the fight, Canelo revealed: “I will be prepared, like I’ve been throughout my career, to give a great fight. I want to remind you that when two Mexicans fighters face off, a spectacular show is guaranteed. And I can assure you that May 6 will be no exception, especially during the Cinco de Mayo festivities.”
Patriotic Chavez added: “I dedicate this fight to Mexico. I’m going to win, but my country will too because this is the fight boxing needs.”
Fight fans will be able to watch this compelling contest live on the Channel of Champions.