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In a historic showdown that will rival the biggest fights in the history of Mexico’s proud boxing lineage, two-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) will take on former WBC World Middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) on Cinco de Mayo weekend, Saturday, May 6, in a 12-round battle to be contested at a maximum 164.5 pounds. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Details regarding venue and an international press tour will be announced soon.
“I’m excited to announce my fight against Julio César Chávez Jr. and confirm that I will be prepared, like I’ve been throughout my career, to give a great fight,” said Álvarez. “I want to remind you that when two Mexican fighters face-off, a spectacular show is guaranteed, and I can assure you that May 6 will be no exception especially during the Cinco de Mayo festivities.
“Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day in September are important dates for us Mexicans, and I’m expecting a great night for boxing and the whole world,” Canelo continued.
“I dedicate this fight to Mexico,” said Chávez Jr. “I’m going to win, but my country will too because this is the fight that boxing needs.”
Álvarez was last seen in the ring Sept. 17, 2016, knocking out the previously undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith in front of more than 51,000 fans in Dallas. Chávez was last in action Dec. 10, 2016, when he secured a unanimous decision victory over highly regarded German fighter Dominik Britsch in Monterrey, Mexico.
“Boxing has been searching for a fight to draw the casual fan back to our sport, and Canelo versus Chávez Jr. is just that fight,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “Canelo, the biggest star in boxing, will take on not only a former world champion in Julio César Chávez Jr., but the son of the biggest star in the history of boxing in Mexico. Add in 98 victories and 66 knockouts between these two superstars along with a Cinco de Mayo fight date, and you have a can’t-miss battle.”