Mercurial Chavez Jr. insists he's focused, fit for Alvarez

Las Vegas. Chavez Jr. is scheduled to fight Canelo Alvarez in a 164.5 pound catch weight boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., during the final press conference before his Saturday fight, at MGM Grand hotel-casino on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. And for over a year, Canelo and his camp have jumped around the fight with a series of nonsensical complaints about weight - for some reason, Canelo was not yet ready to face GGG at 160 pounds, but can face Chavez at 164.5.

In 2009 Chavez Jr. tested positive for Furosemide, which is a diuretic commonly used to help cut weight or used as a masking agent for steroids. They box for no title, but a great deal of personal pride, at an 164 1/2lbs catchweight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has won each of his last six fights since losing to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013, solidifying his reputation as one of the most dominant fighters in the world today.

If he comes through the defence, Alvarez is expected to vacate his title in order to secure a "superfight" against Gennady Golovkin.

"It is the animosity these two have for each other", De La Hoya said about the fighters.

However his fellow countryman Alvarez is favourite to beat his bitter rival Chavez and appeared the bigger of the two in Las Vegas.

For the first time in a very long time, Chavez Jr. seemed to understand the magnitude of a fight and embrace the responsibility he has to live up to his father's legacy. Instead, Chavez Sr. said this week, he'll be working as a television commentator. Another advantage for Alvarez is that even with the presence of Beristain in Chavez' corner, Alvarez can predict how Chavez will attack him.

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Fightful will have complete coverage of Canelo vs. Chavez Jr., including the main card and undercard with a live coverage and discussion page starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Alvarez, meanwhile, supplied his own dramatic touch by standing alongside Chavez, flashing an expression of menace and whipping a vicious left-handed punch to the air as cameras snapped. Chavez will be fined $1 million for every pound he's over. "So we'll see how it plays out, but I'm leaning towards Canelo in a late round knockout", said Mayweather in predicting Canelo to stop Chavez Jr.

He does have fast hands and is an intelligent boxer but when all is said and done I just don't think he is on the same level as Alvarez.

"I just loved it", said Chavez Sr., who has been critical of his son in the past. But now Canelo has betrayed it even more by refusing to fight the greatest warrior in the division he claims to be champion of.

Canelo vs. Chavez Jr.is a big fight for the Mexican boxing fans, and for a lot of hardcore fans.

"You can't put a fighter like him and say he can represent an entire country better than me".

Alvarez, who has never fought above 155lbs, is guaranteed $5million from Saturday's fight. Chavez has a history of taking high risk/high reward approaches in previous matches, especially when he's been trailing towards the end of the fights. "As an event, you want it on the biggest screen with the most reliable signal possible". But Alvarez refuses to recognize the belt and said he will not accept it in the event he wins.

Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. has certainly struggled.

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