Oscar De La Hoya urges Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to sign for Canelo Alvarez bout
Oscar De La Hoya tweeted Wednesday that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has a contract in front of him to sign to meet Canelo Alvarez in a bout pitting Mexico’s two most popular fighters atop a Cinco de Mayo weekend card.
“Junior, we gave you the opportunity to fight @Canelo. Your manager has the contract. Stop tweeting lies, go sign and we’ll be on for May 6,” tweeted De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter.
Chavez is managed by De La Hoya’s adversary Al Haymon, whom De La Hoya is currently suing in federal court over monopolistic practices.
Though a venue has yet to be selected, with Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena considered the front-runner, the bout would be fought at a catchweight of 164.5 pounds, The Times learned from an official connected to the deal but unauthorized to divulge that detail publicly.
Golden Boy will seek to secure May 6 at T-Mobile Arena at Friday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting, according to the agenda posted Wednesday.
That weight is surprising given Alvarez’s reluctance to fight unbeaten three-belt middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 knockouts) at 160 pounds.
Instead, Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) knocked out England’s Liam Smith for the World Boxing Organization junior-middleweight (154 pounds) title in September with more than 50,000 in attendance at AT&T Stadium outside Dallas.
Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez, “said it best, that if Gennady wasn’t a 160-pounder, Canelo would be fighting at 160 pounds,” Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler said at a Wednesday news conference to promote the March 18 Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs pay-per-view bout at Madison Square Garden.
“Everyone wants this fight,” Golovkin said of a September match with Alvarez.
In the interim, Alvarez-Chavez revisits a bout that was being angled for when the decade began but was set aside after Chavez struggled to make weight and suffered some key defeats as questions about his commitment to the sport once ruled by his legendary father have lingered.
Alvarez would be a strong favorite in the bout, but the interest would probably be fervent.
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