Former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. claims Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is overrated. The son of Mexican boxing legend, Julio Cesar Chavez believes Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford and Errol Spence are all better than his former foe.
In May 2017, Chavez Jr. took on ‘Canelo’ at a catchweight of 164lbs. He was dominated over 12 rounds by the biggest star in boxing. Chavez Jr. has since claimed the weight limit for their fight left him unable to properly compete. The Mexican was then angered when Canelo fought at super middleweight (168lbs) the following year when beating Rocky Fielding. Alvarez has since competed at 175lbs beating long-time light-heavyweight king Sergey Kovalev in 2019.
“Canelo is a good fighter, but these days he is extremely overrated. For me and for many, in his last 10 fights, he has had an advantage with weight. In the two fights with Golovkin he went to a draw and lost [he beat Golovkin by majority decision]. The fight [he had with] Cotto could have been a draw and they cheated me with the weight…. by weighing me at nine o’clock and then not being able to eat until one in the afternoon, something that has never been seen in history,” Chavez Jr. said.
“I would like a rematch at the [appropriate] weight. Yes, it was difficult to lose, especially when seeing everything that happened, I am completely sure that if I’m at 100 percent and better prepared, I could give a better fight. The first one was very boring and what I’m saying was noticed [by those watching]. My focus at that time was not on boxing. I prepared myself, but not with the conviction of wanting to be the best in the world.
“Today, the best boxers in the world are: Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford and Errol Spence. All of them are easily above Canelo.” (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)
Do you agree with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr? Is Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez overrated?