By Chuy Marco
September 15 is a great night of boxing, especially for the Mexican boxing fans, because this is Mexican independence day weekend, and we have two of the best young Mexican boxing superstars fighting on the same night in the same city of Las Vegas, Nevada.
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will fight against Sergio Martinez, a fighter that I consider number two pound for pound right behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. and above Andre Ward at the Thomas & Mack, and WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will fight the brave Mexican-American warrior Josesito Lopez at the MGM Grand.
I know there are a lot of Chavez Jr. haters and doubters out there, but I am picking Chavez Jr. not because he is the son of Mexican Legend Julio Cesar Chavez, or because I am Mexican, but because he has the pressure style to give Sergio Martinez problems. Remember Sergio Martinez was knocked out by another Mexican in Las Vegas years ago, that was Antonio Margarito who stopped Martinez. Chavez Jr. is a bigger, and stronger, faster version of Margarito and Chavez Jr. has a chin on him as well. Martinez has a suspect chin, he has been dropped plenty of times and he fights with his hands down and gets tired a lot, I see Chavez Jr. just punishing Martinez in the corner and trapping him with a body attack before stopping him with a punch to the chin around the later rounds anywhere from round 8 to 10.
Canelo Alvarez is in a fight that is a lot tougher than people think. Josesito Lopez is no joke, he has the warrior heart of a Mexican throwback, and he broke the jaw of Victor Ortiz, that shows that this skinny guy can crack. Lopez might be coming up in weight but he is willing to go toe to toe with Canelo and he has power so one shot can change the outcome of the fight. After saying that, I have Canelo winning the fight by corner stoppage, I see Josesito’s corner throwing in the towel somewhere around round 7 or 9. Canelo is a big, stocky 154 pounder, he has heavy hands and he is a very underrated boxer who fights with the patience of a veteran and times his punches very will.
Boxing fans want to see Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez if they win on Saturday night, but I don’t want to see that fight yet, I would rather see Canelo fight Manny Pacquiao first at 154 pounds and knock him out. I think Pacquiao will have no other choice but to fight Canelo at 154 pounds because he already lost his marketing power after Timothy Bradley won a decision over him, and if Pacquiao fights Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time in December, I see Marquez winning an easy decision this time and not getting robbed. That leaves Pacquiao as a has been, he will no longer have the pull in negotiations he once had, and he will be forced to take a fight with Canelo at 154 with no catchweight because the fans have already caught onto his crap of draining fighters. Pacquiao won’t be able to cherry pick, and it will be satisfying to see a young Mexican champion like Canelo to knockout the man that many called the Mexicutioner.
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