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Canelo Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Could Be a Reality in March

Saul Alvarez could fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in March. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Saul Alvarez could fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in March. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Bob Arum says that a fight between his popular young Mexican fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Golden Boy's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez could happen in March, as both sides are apparently willing. A 158-pound catchweight would be in store:

"The fight is going to be agreed upon for 158 pounds," said Arum, who hopes to reach an agreement in the coming weeks, "but will be in March at a Las Vegas casino."

Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KO) stopped Alfonso Gomez in the sixth round on Saturday night, while Chavez (43-0-1, 30 KO) hasn't fought since his close June win over Sebastian Zbik. Alvarez holds the WBC belt at 154, while Chavez is their titlist at 160.

The 21-year-old Alvarez and 25-year-old Chavez are perhaps the two most popular Mexican fighters going today, as both can draw big crows in their native country and in California. Both have been pushed hard and matched carefully, but Alvarez has gained a fanbase through his wins more than Chavez has, as obviously Chavez gained a fanbase mostly through his name.

As a fight, I like it a lot. I don't think Las Vegas is the place to put it if you want the best crowd it could get, but that's an economic reality more than anything. And as much heat as Chavez takes for being overrated, overhyped, coddled, and lucky, he does come to fight, as does Alvarez. I can't see it being less than a good fight.

Currently, Chavez is tentatively scheduled to fight on November 19 against Peter Manfredo Jr on HBO.

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