LAS VEGAS, May 5, 2017 – Before Saturday’s upcoming showdown between Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) at T-Mobile Arena on HBO Pay-Per-View, the fighters will make one final appearance on stage for the weigh-in, and it will be scrutinized with an unusual amount of interest.
Communities Digital News will stream the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. weigh-in live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena including the undercard fighters here:
Media, fans, and opposing camps observe a weigh-in to see if it yields any clues about a boxer’s preparation and readiness for a fight. There are the obvious signs, like failing to make weight, or being significantly under the weight limit. Keen observers watch to see whether a boxer gulps liquid immediately after getting off the scale, signaling he’s dehydrated himself to make weight.
Chavez Jr. is naturally a much bigger man, four inches taller than Alvarez at six-foot-one. He’s got a knock against him for lacking discipline during training camp. In order to fight Alvarez in this high profile, high stakes fight for a big paycheck, he had to agree to come down considerably in weight for the naturally smaller Alvarez. The agreed upon catchweight is “middleweight plus” at 164.5 pounds. Chavez Jr. reportedly must pay a fine of one million dollars for every pound he comes in over the contracted weight.
So far, Chavez Jr. and his trainer Nacho Berestain have expressed confidence he will make the weight. To his credit, Chavez Jr. has appeared to work hard in this training camp.
There is also the final face-off and interaction between the boxers and their camps. Canelo Alvarez has made no secret of his contempt for his opponent, Chavez Jr. Chavez Jr. in turn has found plenty to needle Alvarez about, particularly his choices of opponents and avoidance of others.
So will the pair maintain their chilly but minimally polite relationship in public during the final faceoff? Will there be any last braggadocio or trash talk, stare downs, or other aggressive behavior? Sometimes these things are a demonstration of confidence, but it can also signify the need to put on a show when you don’t really feel it, for yourself as much as your opponent.
Once the fighters have cleared this important final hurdle, we will have 24 hours to predict and debate how this fight will turn out. Those predictions may turn on the results of the scale, and also how the fighters respond in the 24 hours that follow. There is no rehydration clause. With Chavez Jr. being the bigger man, he should be able to rehydrate 10 percent of his body weight, making him as much as 180 pounds when the opening bell rings. The naturally smaller Alvarez will likely be in the 170-plus range. Will it define the outcome of the fight?
Everyone will find out how this Mexican Civil War ends on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Follow our preview reports and coverage from ringside.
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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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