Two-weight world champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) defeated former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (50-3-1, 32 KOs) in an all-Mexican super middleweight grudge match by a one-sided points decision on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo dominated and outclassed Chavez, and all three judges scored the fight a shutout 120-108.
The 26-year-old Canelo connected with jabs and hard combinations in the early rounds while Chavez, 31, was limited to following him around and throwing one punch at a time.
As the fight progressed, Canelo began punishing Chavez, whose left eye began to swell and close in the seventh round.
For the remainder of the fight, Canelo continued to win the rounds against Chavez, who showed his toughness but had no answers and took a one-sided beating.
After the fight, WBC, WBA, IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) entered the ring and it was announced that Golovkin and Canelo, the biggest fight in boxing, will meet on September 16, Mexican Independence Day weekend.
“Tonight, I showed I could move, I could box, I showed as a fighter I can do all things,” said Canelo. “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.
“GGG, you are next, my friend. The fight is done. I’ve never feared anyone, since I was 16 fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone.”
Golovkin said: “I feel very excited.
“I’m ready. Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September.”