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'Canelo' Alvarez dominates Chavez Jr., Golovkin next up

'Canelo' Alvarez dominates Chavez Jr., Golovkin next up

Alvarez's jab was a thing of beauty Saturday night, as he used it to get off the ropes and to finish the devastating onslaughts that he unleashed on Chavez Jr.

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin made it official after Alvarez's rout of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday night. Chavez, who came in in the best shape of his life, had no answer.

"For us the fight is now possible September 16, everybody is excited", Golovkin said. Only the venue is undetermined.

Canelo said: "Golovkin, you are next my friend". Alvarez said he was ready to fight. (50-3-1, 32 KOs), and in this special 164.5 lbs catchweight attraction, their rivalry was settled with Canelo pretty much doing whatever he wanted against an incredibly poor Chavez Jr.

The 35-year-old from Kazakhstan fights at 160 pounds - six pounds heavier than Canelo has traditionally fought.

That's why as soon as Alvarez's runaway unanimous decision was announced, they quickly transitioned into a pre-planned fight announcement that fans have waited years to hear. "Tonight, I showed I could move, I could box, I showed as a fighter I can do all things", Alvarez said. Watching the training clips of both camps and the determination in each fighter made many believe this would be a good AND competitive fight. "I have gotten calls from everywhere, from Dubai to the United Kingdom where (Anthony) Joshua and (Wladimir) Klitschko just fought". The deal with Golovkin was signed a week earlier but successfully kept under wraps. He didn't earn - from what he did in the ring he didn't earn the right for this fight, which usually fighters have to do.

"I could have done better but I hurt my hand after round two", Lemieux said.

"For us, this is the biggest fight in boxing", Golovkin said.

And undefeated Golovkin has admitted it will be the biggest test of his career. But he proved no match.

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The September bout will be at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds.

With his win over Chavez, Alvarez claimed Mexican bragging rights on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Despite the 4-inch height advantage and an obvious weight edge after he rehydrated, Chavez was overmatched in his first fight under iconic trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain. "I would've attacked more, but I would've been countered by his punches".

"I thought I was going to showcase myself as a fighter that could throw punches, but he just wouldn't do it". European fight fans enjoyed such an event when heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defeated former champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in England on April 29. Only this time there was a distinct Latino flavor.

Alvarez (49-1-1) won by three scores of 120-108. "Triple-G's fun man, he's the type of guy boxing needs, so it will be a fun fight".

The red-bearded Alvarez is normally mild-mannered, but he had criticized Chavez for his work ethic. "Last couple of fights Canelo has looked good".

Alvarez earned a guarantee of $5 million, Chavez $3 million. He just had better timing, a better fighter tonight. "I have had hard encounters - the upcoming fight without any doubt will also be difficult". The Argentine (38-4) was making his welterweight debut. It was one-sided shellacking in every round.

Alvarez knows his next fight will be bigger. He took two more fights - easy victories over England's Liam Smith and Chavez - before finally agreeing to face Golovkin.


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