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 favorite at (-650) odds while Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is the (+425) underdog at Bovada boxing betting.
- Canelo Alvarez by KO (-105) odds
- Canelo Alvarez by Decision (+125) odds
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr by KO (+1100) odds
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr by Decision (+700) odds
- Draw (+2200) odds
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 fact, the odds opening at (-900) for Canelo Alvarez when this article was originally written, and they have now dropped to (-650).
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.
After some thought, the odds on Chavez to pull off an upset are too good to resist. Chavez will be the bigger fighter and will be very motivated with pride on the line in a national rivalry that takes place on a historic weekend for Mexican boxing.
Prediction: Bet on Chavez to win at (+425) odds