In its beginnings, Julio César Chávez Junior and Saúl Canelo Alvarez they carried the same expectation of seeing them evolve into Mexican boxing legends. With the passage of time, the moment came when the two protagonists faced each other, although the result favored the native of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Years later, after having overcome ups and downs and preparing his return to the ensogados, the son of Grand Mexican Champion He did not rule out seeking a rematch.
On the eve of his return to the ring, after losing to Anderson Silva, on the Julio César Chávez tribute card, the Jr. offered a series of statements about the new stage that is about to start in his professional career. In that sense, He placed himself on a par with Gennady Golovkin and considered that a fight against him could generate more money than Álvarez has obtained in his most recent lawsuits.
“Everything in life is possible. It’s just a matter of me winning several fights and people being interested. There isn’t much fabric to cut from. There are many rivals who do not know them. The European p * nches have left something to be desired. It would be a good fight like with Golovkin, a rematch, or with me, in the future. They would be sexy fights that would generate the same money you are generating or much more and it would give that pleasure to the people ”, affirmed before the microphones.
With his statements, Julio César Chávez Jr. refused to end a rivalry that began to take shape since each of them was covered by each of the most important television stations in the country. While the strong bet of Televisa was put on the Canelo Álvarez, in Aztec TV They chose to boost the career of Mr. Knockout’s son. Even experts like Czar Carlos Aguilar predicted greater success for the native of Culiacán, Sinaloa.
“When I had them in front of me, because Televisa had the rights to Canelo, I saw that Canelo he was a limited boxer. I used to say that he has great hand speed, but he doesn’t move his legs, it’s hard for him. We had the counterpart, we had Julio César Chávez Junior and you could see his talent everywhere, “he acknowledged on the YouTube channel of his colleague, the journalist Antonio de Valdés.
These two personalities were part of the same card on September 15, 2012. Although they did not face each other, seeing them in action the same night made more than one fan think about a possible clash between them. Despite the fact that Julio César lost the World Boxing Council’s girdle (CMB) against Sergio Maravilla Martínez that night, the vast majority of spectators leaned in his favor in a hypothetical fight between the two.
“From the same September, where the two fought in Las Vegas, you said ‘I assure you that in five years they will face each other and Chávez will beat Canelo.’ Look what it was. Canelo ran over him ”, said the Czar.
Five years later, when the boxers were more mature, they went head-to-head at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The result was very different from what was expected. Although the lawsuit was extended to the statutory twelve rounds, the judges ruled in favor of Canelo Álvarez by means of the unanimous decision. The man from Guadalajara continued his undefeated record and Chávez began a period of professional instability.
“The one who seemed like he had no talent did something. If something did very well Canelo it was discipline and perseverance. Gym, eat, sleep, gym, eat, sleep, and that, the truth, has to be recognized (…) The one that we had, the one we said could, never could. The figure of the father won him, addictions won and his career has been sadly detrimental “Aguilar declared.
Four years after that face to face, Chávez Jr. is shaping up to return to the ensogados, although his first test before being in a position to challenge CaneloIt will be the Peruvian David Panther Zegarra.
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