In what turned out to be a complete and utter mismatch in a hyped match-up, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Julio César Chávez, Jr. in a unanimous decision.
All three judges scored the fight at 120-108, all in favor for Alvarez.
From the very beginning, Alvarez dominated the fight. Chavez Jr. kept backing up away from his opponent and seemed lost as if not knowing how to attack. Chavez Jr. claimed that it was a new strategy that he and his team tried to implement, but admitted that it did not work in his favor.
Chavez Jr. credited speed and distance as a factor in his loss, with even admitting that Alvarez was a “good fighter”:
“Speed and distance was a problem. He’s a good fighter, very fast and very consistent. Canelo beat me. He beat me at the distance. He is a very active fighter. He’s very good, and he beat me.”
Alvarez tried to do his opponent a “favor” by backing up against the ropes and allowed Chavez Jr. to throw punches. Unfortunately for Chavez Jr, this had almost little to no effect, as even by the fifth round, Canelo had landed 83 punches while Chavez Jr. landed 22 punches.
By the 6th round, Canelo had landed more than 100 punches whereas Canelo barely landed three more punches, with a total of 25 at the start of the round.
In poetic irony, Canelo viciously went on the attack against Chavez Jr. at the body, something that Chavez Sr. was known for. Canelo threw jabs that connected perfectly.
By the end of the fight, Chavez Jr’s left eye was swollen while it looked like Canelo didn’t even break a sweat.
Alvarez was in complete control throughout the fight and was pleased with his performance.
“Tonight I showed I could move, I could box, I showed as a fighter I can do all things. I thought I was going to showcase myself as a fighter that could throw punches, but he just wouldn’t do it. I’ve shown I can do lots of things in the ring, anything a fighter brings, I’ve shown I can showcase myself.”
In the midst of the disappointment of boxing fans everywhere, it was then announced who Alvarez’ next opponent was: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.