SAN DIEGO, February 22, 2017 – In support of their upcoming catchweight bout on Saturday, May 6 in Las Vegas, Mexican boxers Saul “Canelo” Alvarez” and Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. will greet fans in Houston, Texas Thursday along with their teams. It is the third stop on a four-city tour, ending with a “fan fiesta” in Los Angeles on Friday.
You can watch Thursday’s news conference live here starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
In their first appearance together this week in Mexico City, throngs of excited fans came to see Alvarez and Chavez Jr., as well as Golden Boy Promotions CEO and former world champion Oscar De La Hoya, along with Mexico’s greatest boxing hero, Julio Caesar Chavez Sr.Alvarez and Chavez Jr. have been civil to each other, but the rivalry and the tension between them
Alvarez and Chavez Jr. have been civil to each other, but the rivalry and the tension between them is clear. Alvarez is the acknowledged champion; Chavez Jr. is a serious underdog who’s got something to prove.
“Fights between Mexicans are usually the biggest, and I want this fight to be a mark on the legacy that many fights like this have left behind in Mexico’s fight history,” said Alvarez. “I think that a rivalry does exist, and we are both polemic fighters. There have been a lot of comments directed towards me and my character, and I fight for pride to represent my country.”
Chavez Jr., who briefly held the WBC World Middleweight title, said “I’ve been making my way to this fight … Every fight is important, and this one especially because it is between two Mexicans fighting each other for the glory. The fight could not have come at a more perfect time. Both my and Canelo’s names are known throughout the world as some of the best fighters. My two losses against (Sergio) Martinez and (Andrzej) Fonfara taught me more than all 50 of my wins. This fight has the potential to open many doors to my future that might have been closed before. I fight for pride. Everyone says that Canelo is the best.
Chavez Jr. threw the first jab, noting as his much-admired father stood by his side that
“Canelo isn’t Oscar De La Hoya’s son … I am going to win this fight.” For his part, Chavez Sr., a six time world champion, said “We have seen the best of Canelo, but we have not seen the best of my son. I firmly believe that with a disciplined training camp, Junior is able to knock out not just Canelo but anyone in his way.”
Whatever you think about the matchup, it’s an attention getter and most fans of Mexican boxing have chosen sides. Alvarez was right on target in his comments; these men are polarizing figures in boxing for a wide range of reasons. As De La Hoya put it, he couldn’t pass up putting this bout together.
Communities Digital News will cover the lead-up to this bout in May, and will provide Fight Week reports including coverage from ringside.
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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