Promoter Oscar De La Hoya believes May 6th’s fight between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is “probably the biggest event with two Mexican fighters in history.”
The ‘Golden Boy’ represents Alvarez and believes the fight will be bigger than when he rematched Chavez Sr back in 1998.
“We haven't had a Mexican showdown on Cinco de Mayo weekend in a very, very long time. And the demand has been incredible. I haven't seen anything like it since Barrera vs. Morales; since De La Hoya vs. Chavez Sr. This is going to be an incredible weekend for all boxing fans.”
Speaking on a pre-fight media call to promote the huge fight, De La Hoya added: “I cannot remember a fight against two Mexicans that has created so much interest, anticipation. So this is probably the biggest boxing event with two Mexican fighters.”
At 26-years-old, Canelo has won 48 of his 50 professional fights, with one draw and a loss to Floyd Mayweather. The Golden Boy Promotions chief believes his fighter’s resume speaks for itself.
“He has taken all comers and has defeated almost every single one, including Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Austin Trout, champions like Sugar Shane Mosley, the spectacular knockout against James Kirkland, the masterful boxer Erislandy Lara; the list goes on and on and on!”
There’s national pride at stake when Canelo and Chavez Jr step through the ropes at the T-Mobile Arena, just off the famous Vegas strip which De La Hoya believes will be the driving force to put in that extra 10% effort in training camp.
“These are the types of fights that take you to a whole new level in terms of your boxing abilities inside the ring. It makes you obviously train harder. It gives you that extra motivation. If you want to go run ten miles today, well, guess what, you're going to run 11 or 12 because you're just so amped, because this fight is so personal.”
Fans can watch May 6th’s contest in Las Vegas live on the Channel of Champions.