FORMER two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jnr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) hosted the final press conference ahead of their superfight showdown on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“People know this is an all-out action-packed war. We haven’t had a fight like this in years; it’s a true Mexican civil war,” said promoter and Hall of Fame Oscar De La Hoya.
“Given the obvious Cinco de Mayo date and the bad blood between the boxers, I think it is safe to say this is the biggest fight in Mexican history. To give you an idea of how big this event is, let me give you some numbers. This will be the most attended indoor fight in the storied Las Vegas fight history with more than 20,000 in attendance. The fight sold out in 10 days, and we opened up more circuit-viewing theaters for everyone to watch on fight night in Las Vegas at MGM properties. Fight fans in six continents will be able to watch the fight with the HBO platform and streamed live on goldenboyppv.com giving anyone with a phone or laptop the ability to watch.”
Oscar’s former opponent, father of Chavez Jnr and Mexican boxing legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Snr added: “I’m happy to be here, and I’m happy Saturday is close. I’ve lived many big moments in my life, and this is probably one of the biggest moments and fights in my life. It’s a big fight for Mexico, but I believe this a fight that can be won-anything can be done in the ring.”
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