LAS VEGAS, Nevada, May 3, 2017 – When major prizefights take place in Las Vegas, promoters give boxing fans a week’s worth of activities to attend in the hopes of selling those last few tickets and pay per views at home.
In the case of the traditional Cinco De Mayo weekend fight on Saturday between former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs), there’s no need to sell more tickets. The event at the T-Mobile Arena is a sellout.
The fighters made their made their public grand arrivals Tuesday at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and were met with throngs of enthusiastic fans.
They were joined by undercard co-main event fighters, former IBF middleweight Champion David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) and Marco “Dorado” Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs) who will meet in a 10-round middleweight event; and HBO Pay-Per-View® undercard fighters former WBC silver super lightweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) and Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (20-4, 14 KOs) facing off in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBO International and WBA Intercontinental welterweight titles; along with NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs) and IBA Featherweight Champion Manuel “Tino” Avila (22-0, 8 KOs) to battle for the NABF Featherweight and vacant NABO Featherweight titles in their scheduled 10-round fight.
Wednesday’s highlight is the final news conference between Alvarez and Chavez Jr. Watch it here live at 3 p.m. Eastern Time/12 noon Pacific from the HBO YouTube channel.
These countrymen have made no secret of their dislike and contempt for each other. It’s likely to be on display today. Alvarez, normally cool and low-key and not prone to trash talk, has unleashed what for him are some pointed remarks about Chavez Jr.’s lack of discipline. In turn, Chavez Jr. has called out Alvarez for fighting lesser quality opponents.
The pair will settle their differences for our entertainment on Saturday. In addition to the HBO Pay-Per-View, numerous movie theaters are offering the televised fights for $18 per ticket, a good alternative to the PPV or to showing up at your crowded local bar.
Ringside Seat is in Las Vegas covering all events and will bring you previews of the main event and undercard fights plus behind the scenes details. Follow @CommDigiNews on Twitter for to the minute updates.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is a veteran boxing observer 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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