Saturday night's post-fight announcement - with "Triple G" striding from ringside to join in - was the most electrifying moment at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where Alvarez dominated Chavez Jr. for 12 rounds in a non-title bout fought at a catchweight of 164 pounds. But after pummeling countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday night, Mexico's top fighter is eager for the long overdue megafight to determine the middleweight champion.
The monstrous middleweight showdown between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Kazakh knockout king Gennady "GGG" Golovkin has the world salivating already.
Golovkin, who has yet to reach the pay-per-view plateau established by Alvarez, finally will have the opponent that should lift the native of Kazakhstan's crossover acceptance. And after seeing GGG fail to earn the knockout against his last opponent, Daniel Jacobs, de la Hoya definitely considered this the flawless time to book the fight. Alvarez had to relinquish his WBC belt to Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) previous year when he declined a mandatory challenge.
News of this proposed fight comes one week after Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko carried out an 11 round thriller in Wembley Arena, to inject some life back into the boxing scene.
As for where the fight will take place, Oscar De La Hoya wouldn't say.
On Cinco de Mayo weekend, Chavez failed to make the fight competitive, absorbing uppercuts, jabs and hard rights from Alvarez.
"You think I lost my focus?" The prediction here is that Alvarez wins by easy decision. I'm feeling comfortable and strong. I know how to separate one thing from another.
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And Alvarez left no doubt.
Not only did he validate his position, he confirmed it easily defeating Chavez Jr.by unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108, 120-108).
In a showcase of pure excellence in boxing, Canelo defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108, 120-108).
"I felt very good", Alvarez said.
"I do feel that this fight is the biggest fight of my career, just because it's a big event, because of who I'm fighting and because of the opportunity".
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In the closing seconds of the seventh, Castellanos punished Gamboa (26-2) with combinations to the body.