Much has been made of a potential super-fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, but Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is out to crush the proposed bout and fire his name into contention to fight the feared Kazakh KO King.
Chavez locks horns with Canelo in an all-Mexican derby live on BoxNation, Saturday 6th May knowing that victory would not only give him national bragging rights, but propel his name to the front of the queue for a potential showdown with Golovkin.
Speaking to Fight Hub, Chavez Jr insisted he has the tools to inflict Triple G’s first career defeat, but insisted the fight would have to take place at Super-Middleweight: “I have a chance to beat Golovkin, he’s now 36 and much smaller than me. He’s sparred me, he knows how strong I am. I think I beat him at 168lbs!”
First and foremost, Chavez has the Cinco de Mayo battle to contend with. Now aged 31 with 50 professional career wins on his resume, the former WBC World Champion enters his biggest fight since his first career loss to Sergio Martinez back in September 2012.
“I feel good,” he added. “A lot of Mexican people are out to support this very competitive fight. I’m ready to beat Canelo.”
As both men went head to head on the pre-fight press tour, the size advantage was telling. “He’s the smaller guy, he’s a good Champion at 154lbs but it’s a big risk for him to come up 10lbs! I think they are underestimating me, Canelo is going to pay for that,” roared the son of former legendary three weight world Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
Watch the full interview below: