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Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. official for May 6th

Chavez Jr. has not fought below the prescribed catchweight in over four years.

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Reports of this fight’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

Mexican standouts Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. are all set to do battle on May 6th at a location to be named. The fight will be contested at a 164.5-pound catchweight and broadcast on HBO pay-per-view.

I don’t know why it’s at 164.5 pounds instead of some nice round number in the area, but I guess that’s why they make the sport happen and I just write about it.

Chavez (50-2-1, 32 KO), who recently returned from a 17-month layoff to take a decision over Dominik Britsch, hasn’t weighed in below 167.5 pounds since tipping the scales at 158 for his 2012 fight with Sergio Martinez. He is two fights removed from being whupped by Andrzej Fonfara in 2015 and should be a massive (ayyy) underdog even if he does manage to make the weight.

Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KO) knocked out Liam Smith last September with a wicked body shot to earn the WBO super welterweight title. He previously held the WBC middleweight belt and defended it with a knockout of Amir Khan before vacating.

It’s, well, it’s a fight, alright. Got two fighters and gloves and everything. To play Oscar’s Advocate, the weigh-ins alone should justify the pay-per-view price.

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