Canelo Alvarez just took Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to the woodshed – as widely expected. But if you had the knockout in your boxing picks, Saturday night wasn’t your night.
A lot of people paid good money to see Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. It’s a shame, because that wasn’t much of a fight at all. Canelo was the dominant man by far, winning each of the 12 rounds – although he didn’t manage to knock Chavez out the way he wanted to. That was about the only thing that went off-script Saturday; we had a stoppage for either fighter in our boxing picks at –160.
What did these fans expect, though? Apparently they expected more from Chavez; there was a surge of late money on the underdog, moving him all the way from +500 to +360 on the boxing odds board in the hours before the fight. I saw a fair number of boxing sharps and insiders warning that Chavez would make a game of it, too. But that was before Friday’s weigh-in.
As expected, the catchweight of 164.5 pounds was just too much for the 6-foot-1 Chavez to handle. He looked like a ghost on Friday, and while Chavez may have added 15 pounds or so overnight, his punches had absolutely no sauce on them in the ring. Not that he threw many of those punches, especially in the first five rounds.
There are going to be a lot of upset Mexican boxing fans this Cinco de Mayo weekend, but anyone who paid attention to the contract terms of the Canelo-Chavez fight would have seen it for what it was: a glorified exhibition to set Canelo up for a mega-money match with Gennady Golovkin on September 16. Mexican Independence Day. Salve for tonight’s wounds.
That GGG v Canelo announcement was worth the $65— Isaac Perez (@Slim_Chrino) May 7, 2017
I’m still amazed by the late money on Chavez. Someone informed me recently that the betting patterns in boxing tend to be the opposite of what we’re used to in other sports; in boxing, the sharp money comes in late, not early. But if that’s what happened in this fight, I’ll eat a bug. And it doesn’t have to be made out of Belgian chocolate this time.