One day after Cinco De Mayo, a fight that is regarded as ‘one of the biggest fights in the history of Mexico’ will go down between two Mexican boxing icons. Guadalajara’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez [48-1-1] will take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. [50-2-1].
Canelo, 26, gained mainstream stardom in the build up to his 2013 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., While Chavez has been being groomed into a superstar since he was born, being the son of Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez.
The two will face off tomorrow in Las Vegas in a non-title 164.5lb catchweight bout that is all but guaranteed to be a barn-burning fan pleasing slugfest. But there is one little thing that could go wrong..
Canelo has never fought above 155lb in his career, and Chavez Jr. has not fought as low as 164.5 in over five years. Canelo, who in some boxing circles is starting to be known as “Catchweight Canelo” has had issues as of late with finding a suitable weight class while Chavez Jr. has a known history of missing weight as well.
Taking this into consideration, the Nevada Athletic Commission made special revisions to both fighters contracts, where if either fighter misses weight by the slightest margin, the fines will begin at one million dollars per pound.
via ring TV:
Chavez Jr. said that if he were to come in at 165 pounds, he would have to pay Canelo an amount of $1 million even though he’s just a ½ pound over. (Canelo later said at his round-table with reporters that he will pocket the money directly.) “One pound, one $million,” Chavez said. Chavez’s attorney, Guadalupe Valencia expanded on this, saying there is a $1 million penalty for any additional pound that he is over after 165 so if he were to come in at 165.6, he would be penalized $2 million. Chavez, who said he currently weighed around 180 pounds, shrugged his shoulders and smiled.
Although Canelo’s weight has been screwy as of late, this clause is clearly in place because of Chavez Jr. While Canelo has missed weight once in the past, it was at the junior middleweight limit of 154 lbs. With Canelo being the one moving up almost 11 pounds in weight, it is doubtful he will have any issues. Chavez Jr. however, missed weight for a 168 lbs fight vs. Marcos Reyes just two fights ago. Chavez also failed to even come in near weight for a 168 lbs fight vs. Bryan Vera in 2013.
According to Chavez Jr’s trainer, Angel Heredia, his weight cut is going swimmingly. (Via LA Times)
He’s in good shape, woke up at 167 this morning. [His diet consists of] 1,000 calories daily, with strawberries, jicama and egg-white omelettes downed with water. He knows $1 million is a lot to give.
check back on GARCIAMMA.COM for live updates from the Canelo vs Chavez Jr. Weigh ins Friday, May 5th at 5:30pm ET