Full coverage: Canelo vs. Chavez Jr.


Junior middleweight world titleholder Canelo Alvarez goes up in weight to face fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez at at catch weight of 164.5 pounds Saturday night at teh T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), who said he will campaign as a full-fledged 160-pound middleweight following his showdown with Chavez, hasn’t lost a fight since dropping a majority decision against Floyd Mayweather in 2013 and enters the fight against Chavez as the favorite.

Chavez (50-2-1, 32 KOs), has won two fights in a row after a TKO loss to Andrzej Fonfara two years ago.

Full fight card
Fighters Rounds Division/Title
Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 12 Catch weight 164.5 pounds
David Lemieux vs. Marcos Reyes 10 Middleweight
Lucas Matthysse vs. Emmanuel Taylor 10 Welterweight
Joseph Diaz vs. Manuel “Tino” Avila 10 Featherweight
Ryan Garcia vs. Tyrone Luckey 6 Lightweight
Marlen Esparza vs. Samantha Salazar 4 Female flyweight
Raul Curiel vs. TBA 4 Junior middleweight

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