Things are going to get crazy on Cinco de Mayo weekend this year, as Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will face off in a special 164.5-pound catchweight bout. A bout that offers some intriguing action potential on one of the biggest boxing days of the year should make huge money.
Canelo enters his third straight Cinco de Mayo card, with each of the past two seeing Alvarez record a KO victory, with a stellar 50-1-1 record. The one loss on Canelo’s record came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in a bout the Mexican was nowhere near ready to be in. Alvarez is a meticulous fighter who slowly chips away at his opponent with body shots – something Mexican fighters are renowned for – until he can throw a powerful combination. That is where Canelo is at his best when he can keep his opponent guessing and throwing a barrage of punches.
Chavez enters this bout with a 50-2-1 record with 1 NC. Both of his losses came against speedy, technically proficient opponents who could dance around the former WBC middleweight champ. Chavez will have a noticeable size advantage in terms of height and reach. Though he has done a better job at utilizing his natural size advantage as his career has progressed, Chavez still looks to move forward and bully his opponent. There is no doubt that he has big power in his hands but his footwork isn’t too fast or refined.
Canelo has hit the board as a sizable -650 favorite with Chavez coming back at +425.
Canelo vs Chavez should be a fun bout. Canelo has certainly had his detractors due to some odd bouts in the recent past but a win over a large, powerful opponent like Chavez may give him the confidence for a superfight with Gennady Golovkin (insert eye roll here).
For prop odds on this bout, check out the Alvarez vs Chavez Jr. prop bet page here.
Canelo Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Betting Odds
Odds as of May 4 at Bovada
- Canelo Alvarez -650
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. +425