By: Jerome Souza (@FirstClassBox)
In what was expected to be an all-out Mexican war to add to a history of legendary boxing matches, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. proved to be a dud. It was perhaps one of the most one-sided shutouts of a pay-per-view main events since Canelo Alvarez vs. Floyd Mayweather. Over twenty-thousand fans piled into a sold out T-Mobile Arena paying a top face value price of $1,500.00 for the best seats. In the end, those shelling out thousands of dollars for tickets had the best views for the most expensive pre-fight promotions in boxing history, Canelo vs. Gennady Golovkin this September.
It’s expected that PPV events will plug the next events during its current broadcasts. Why not? You have the undivided attention of the most important people in the sport, the PPV purchasers. HBO interviewed Andre Ward and showed snippets of the Ward-Kovalev 24/7 that plans to hype up their much anticipated rematch on June 17th. But, post-fight, no one expected GGG to make a ring walk along with his trainer and promoter and accept Canelo’s challenge. What appeared very WWE/UFC-esque was nothing but a slap in the face to boxing fans. They were made as fools. Instead of wondering when Canelo-GGG tickets go on sale, fans should be asking, why were we forced to pay for a main card stacked with one-sided matchups?
The most promoted fight of 2017 to date was a only a ruse to advertise the next one. Pictures of Chavez Jr. in top shape and the promo videos were anything short of a lie. To simply put it, Golden Boy Promotions knew Chavez Jr. had zero chance to beat Canelo. If Chavez Jr. had been victorious would the same production to be setup to allow GGG to accept a challenge from Chavez Jr.? We will never know. However, it must seem increasingly alarming that this took place.
In the case of Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev it was agreed upon that both fighters would take on two preliminary bouts in which they must be victorious in order for them to meet. By the way, those bouts were broadcasted on HBO for free. Canelo-Chavez Jr. was a billed as a major event, although it was worthless since it took place at a ridiculous catch-weight for a bogus WBC belt that Canelo didn’t even want.
Besides that farce of a post-fight promotion, that fight itself was terribly one-sided. The biggest question going into the match was if Chavez Jr. would make the agreed catch weight of 164.5 lbs. He made the weight, but it was pretty much the only successful thing he did this past weekend. Canelo look tremendous and excelled in every round with both his power and speed. Canelo didn’t looked fazed by any of the 71 total punches landed by Chavez Jr. Which continues to raises another question. Why was it so easy for Canelo?
In Chavez Jr.’s other two losses, he almost scored a 12th KO over Sergio Martinez and was simply beatdown by a bona fide light heavyweight in Andrzej Fonfara. This time, he was beat up by an opponent with shorter in reach, shorter in height and naturally smaller in weight. With Nacho Beristain in Chavez Jr.’s corner, the training regime and increased work ethic only helped to push the Las Vegas wagering in his favor which made for an increased payout for those betting on Canelo. Imagine if the general public knew of the post-fight production? How much would that have moved the wagers? Another reason to be skeptical for last weekend. The only upside from the Canelo-GGG announcement is that talks of the even more ridiculous Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor have taken the backseat.
Expect this summer to be a circus with the promotion of Canelo-GGG. It will unfortunately take away from Ward-Kovalev, which happens to be a great rematch of two pound-for-pound fighters in the same division. It could also take attention away from a potential rematch of Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko. The first meeting Joshua-Klitschko completely lived up to its hype and provided light at the end of the tunnell for boxing’s most treasured weight division.
Fans will be anxious to find out where Canelo-GGG will be held, even though we know it will be Las Vegas. If it was important for the most fans possible to see a live event, Mayweather-Pacquiao would have been held at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, we have already heard this story. Canelo-GGG will be outpriced for the fans, shown closed circuit and in movie theaters. It will be close and expect a rematch if not a trilogy. In the end, the winners will be the promoters and the losers will be the wallets of boxing fans. Mayweather-Pacquiao reincarnated.by