Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) has become one of the most bankable fighters in boxing, commanding pay-per-view bouts and consistent dates in Las Vegas, a mecca for boxers the world over.
While his legacy will remain incomplete until he takes on the ferocious Gennady Golovkin (or someone of that caliber), he will look to add another solid win to his resume when he takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday night in Sin City.
Alvarez will not be defending his WBO world super welterweight title in this bout. He is bulking up for this contest with Chavez, which has a catchweight of 164.5 pounds, roughly 10 pounds over the super welterweight limit and much closer to where Chavez usually fights, which has hovered around 170 pounds for his last few bouts, per BoxRec.
Alvarez is stepping up to take on a bigger boxer in this bout, but don’t expect him to be anything less than a favorite when the two step into the ring on Saturday.
Here’s how you can catch the action.
Alvarez vs. Chaves Jr. Fight Info
When: Saturday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
TV: HBO (pay-per-view)
Live Stream: BoxNation, BT Sport (UK Only, pay-per-view)
According to Odds Shark, Alvarez is a big favorite over Chavez, sporting 2-13 odds (Chavez is a 17-4). Since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013, he’s 6-0 with four stoppages.
In his most recent match in September of last year, he captured the WBO world super welterweight title in a scrap with Liam Smith, knocking out his then-undefeated opponent in the ninth round. That bout followed up a highly touted bout with Amir Khan, which Alvarez eventually won in devastating fashion.