Canelo Alvarez will be facing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in an epic clash on Cinco de Mayo weekend between two of the biggest names in boxing, especially amongst the Mexican fanbase. Check out betting odds for Canelo vs Chavez Jr. and our fight breakdown.
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Canelo Alvarez is the clear favorite at (-900) odds while Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is the (+550) underdog at Bovada boxing betting.
Although Canelo Alvarez is understandably the betting favorite, the underdog the odds for Chavez Jr. are sure to attract some money from boxing fans who see this as a closer fight than the Oddsmakers do.
In terms of skill, Canelo definitely has the edge due to his speed and combination punching. While the advantage that Chavez Jr. will have is size. Listed at 6’1″ he will have a significant height advantage over the 5’9″ Canelo Alvarez, along with a 3 inch reach advantage.
But will Chavez Jr. be able to take advantage of this, or will it play into the hands of Canelo? What gives Canelo problems are fighters who use elusive footwork to get out of range, as evidenced in the Floyd Mayweather and Erislandy Lara fights.
This is not the typical style of Chavez Jr., who will most likely be the one moving forward and looking to pressure the smaller fighter, which could leave him open to the counter punches of Canelo.
But, will Canelo be able to hurt Chavez Jr? Although Chavez Jr was stopped by Andrezj Fonfara, that fight at was light heavyweight. While this fight with Canelo will be contested at 164.5 lbs, a weight class where Chavez Jr has shown to be very durable.
In any case, this has the the makings of a highly entertaining clash on Cinco de Mayo, which is always a huge weekend boxing.