THE pride of Mexico is on the line this weekend as Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Chavez Fight countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Both men have bet their respective purses that they will win the fight – and it is fast gripping the boxing world as well as Mexico.
The two boxers will be fighting at a catchweight of 164.5lbs, and no official world title on the line. But both will feel the pride of their country means a lot more.
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To represent that fact, there will be a belt on the line – the Adolfo Lopez Mateos belt to commemorate those winners of the fights held on or around the Cinco de Mayo and Independence Day.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the big fight.
What time and where will Canelo Alvarez fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr?
The two will square off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The show will start place at around 9pm local time, which is 2am British time.
The main event, Canelo vs Chavez, is expected to be around 4am British time.
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Where can I watch Canelo Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr?
Despite the fact that the fight is being broadcast live on HBO in the US, British boxing fans can watch all the action too.
The grudge match will be shown live on BoxNation from 2am.
The main fight should start around two hours after that.
What does ‘fighting at catchweight’ mean?
There is no title on the line on Saturday night in what is very much a grudge match for Mexican pride.
The two will be fighting at catchweight – that means a pre-agreed maximum weight of 164lbs must be met in the weigh-in.
There will be a heavy fine for either boxer who fails to meet the weight.
Who will win between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr?
With national pride on the line, no doubt both boxers will leave everything in the ring, and who hasd the biggest heart could certainly come into play.
But for us, Canelo is just too powerful for Chavez, and has superior boxing skills to that of his countryman.
It’s unlikely Chavez has ever felt power in the middleweight/super middleweight division that Canelo possesses.
We will go for a Canelo KO, and if we had to give a round prediction, between four and six.
Who is fighting on the undercard?
BoxNation viewers will be able to watch big-hitting David Lemieux as he takes on Marcos Reyes. Lemieux goes into the fight on the back of his Knockout of the Year candidate of Curtis Stevens.
Argentine bomber Lucas Matthysse returns from injury, facing American Emmanuel Taylor at Welterweight.
Joseph Diaz Jr will fight Manuel Avila in the other bout of the night.(source)