Canelo vs Chavez Fight Odds: Canelo Alvarez still favored over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr as odds tighten

Saturday’s HBO Boxing PPV sees Canelo Alvarez taking on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a fight that Canelo’s team was soundly criticized for putting together. As we have drawn closer to fight time, what initially seemed like something of a blow-out is starting to feel like a closer fight. With that in mind, here are the latest odds, courtesy of Bovada:

Canelo Alvarez -650
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. +425

Many are looking at Chavez as something of a live dog here, as he has the size and power advantage. When motivated, Chavez has shown that he can be in there with the best in the division, but that “when motivated” is a huge caveat. The HBO Face Off video seemed to indicate some real tension here, and it does appear Chavez is taking this fight seriously, coming in to represent the Mexican fighting tradition against a man he perceives as ducking the top challenger. CANELO VS CHAVEZ PPV

With that in mind, Chavez at those odds is an enticing bet, especially when you add in a KO finish for him (for Canelo to win, a decision seems more likely, but a Canelo KO is not out of the question – but for Chavez to win, a KO seems like a lock). Not surprisingly, the odds have tightened up since the fight was first announced and Canelo was at -900. As we get closer to May 6, I expect the odds to close up even more. For those who want to take a shot, a Chavez KO bet is a risk worth taking – if you’re planning to do so, do it now before more people beat you to it and shrink that underdog line.

Also on the Canelo/Chavez PPV card is the latest from David Lemieux, who looks to take a warm-up fight to potentially set up a fall fight with Canelo. As expected, he’s the prohibitive favorite:

David Lemieux -5000
Marco Reyes +1400

No action there, obviously.

Oh, and for those interested – the Mayweather vs. McGregor odds have, amazingly, tightened up. Floyd Mayweather has gone from a -850 favorite to -750 with Conor McGregor moving from +525 to +475. Incredible.

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Deal to add heavyweight Luis Ortiz to Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith card nearly final

Unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz is close to agreeing on a deal to become an attractive addition to the card for the Canelo Alvarez vs Liam Smith junior-middleweight title fight Sept. 17, officials familiar with the talks said Friday.

The 37-year-old Ortiz (25-0, 22 knockouts) will fight for the interim World Boxing Assn. world heavyweight title against Russia’s Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) on the HBO pay-per-view card. AT&T Stadium outside Dallas and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas are possible sites for the card.

The Ortiz-Ustinov winner will be positioned to fight the winner of the rescheduled Tyson Fury-Wladimir Klitschko WBA title bout on July 9 in Manchester, England. CANELO VS SMITH PPV

Ortiz has been impressive in knocking out Bryant Jennings and Tony Thompson within the last year, and the 6-foot-4 southpaw injects further life into a division that boasts young champions Deontay Wilder of Alabama and England’s Anthony Joshua.

There is also the possibility that Alvarez’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, will place unbeaten super-bantamweight Diego De La Hoya, in the pay-per-view opener against an opponent yet to be named. Source:Latimes.Com

Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith Finalized at 154, 9/17 on PPV

Known for his power and dominance in the ring, Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will look to win his third title in the junior middleweight division when he challenges undefeated heavy-hitter Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship on Saturday, September 17.  A battle between two power-punchers, Canelo vs. Smith promises action between two fighters willing to take a punch in order to secure the next Knockout of the Year. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Information regarding venue and tickets will be announced shortly.

“I am very pleased to announce my next fight against Liam Smith, a tremendous fighter with real knockout power, and the WBO junior middleweight world title owner,” said Canelo Alvarez. “I have no doubt that this fight will be give and take, which will fill the expectations of the fans, and I will work with all the enthusiasm as I always do to get the upper hand on 17 September.”

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With the bout’s announcement, Canelo has fulfilled his pledge to headline the two biggest fight nights of the year; Cinco De Mayo – when he knocked out Amir Khan in dramatic fasion — and Mexican Independence Day.

Current WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Liam “Beefy” Smith has built a reputation as one of the hardest punchers in the sport as his last eight victories have come by knockout. Defeating Canelo via knockout is now his top priority, as he begins to establish his legacy in becoming the UK’s next boxing super-star.

“I am delighted to get the opportunity to defend my world title against the biggest name in world boxing and to headline in the U.S. which is a dream I have had since I started in the sport of boxing,” said Liam Smith. “This fight allows me to make my name in the U.S. and show just how good I am and this is the big stage that will enable me to do that. I thank my team for getting me this opportunity: Frank Warren, BoxNation, Daniel and of course Golden Boy for providing it.  I am confident of winning this fight and returning to the great city of Liverpool with my belt still around my waist.”

“This fight will be a slugfest between two heavy hitters, and I have little doubt that it will end with a 10-count,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “Canelo is the biggest star in our sport today, and with a victory on September 17, at the age of just 26 he can add yet another chapter to his already-incredible career.”

“Liam grabbed the opportunity to defend his WBO title against Alvarez,” said Frank Warren. “This is a fantastic chance for Liam to showcase his talent in such a high profile fight. He believes, as do I, that he has the tools to beat Alvarez and stake his own claim to be the world’s best.”

At the age of 25, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez, the current Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, has conquered the boxing world, captivating fans both at home and around the globe with his action-packed fighting style, charisma and willingness to take on the toughest challenges. Canelo’s road to stardom began in 2011 with a win over Matthew “Magic” Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World title, his first title defense against Ryan Rhodes and stoppage victories over Alfonso Gomez and Kermit Cintron. Then in 2012, Canelo defended his belt against future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley and showed the veteran his first retirement, winning via unanimous decision. Canelo continued on the path to superstardom in 2013 with a fifth round technical knockout of Josesito Lopez, followed by a unanimous decision victory over then world champion, Austin Trout in front of over 40,000 fans at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

The victory earned Canelo the WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and proved his dominance at 154-pounds and as a bonafide ticket seller. On September 14, 2013, Canelo faced the man on top of the pound-for-pound list – Floyd “Money” Mayweather – giving a stellar effort before falling short of victory for the first time via 12-round majority decision. The fight ended up being the biggest of 2013, but also the second highest grossing bout of all-time and the second most watched boxing event ever on Mexican television (only behind 2015’s Mayweather-Pacquiao).

Since then, Canelo has defeated top stars Alfredo “Perro” Angulo via 10th round technical knockout and Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara via split decision in 2014. On May 9, 2015, Alvarez dazzled with a victory over the fierce James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston in front of more than 31,000 fans that featured what many deemed the Knockout of the Year in 2015. At the end of 2015, Alvarez defeated future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cotto for the WBC, RING Magazine and Lineal Middleweight Championship in front of a packed arena at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas and more than 900,000 homes across the country.

The unanimous decision victory cemented Canelo’s status as boxing’s biggest draw and among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Finally, Canelo delivered another Knockout of the Year contender in May of this year, knocking out Amir “King” Khan in the sixth round of his first middleweight title defense opening up the new state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Part of the Famous Fighting Smith Brothers, where brothers Callum, Paul and Stephen have all competed in the boxing elite level as current title holders and world championship title challengers with Liam “Beefy” Smith is the first to hold a world championship title.  A decorated fighter and current WBO Junior Middleweight Champion, Smith has maintained his undefeated status since his 2008 debut, defeating his last eight opponents by knockout.

Smith began his knockout prowess in 2013 when he defended his BBB of CBritish Super Welterweight Title by knocking out Marck Thompson in the fourth round. 2014 saw Smith defend his British belt and win the vacant WBA Continental Super Welterweight Title with dramatic stoppages against Jason Welborn and Zoltan Sera proving that Smith belonged in the upper ranks in the division. In 2015, The Scouse warrior went on to stop Robert Talarek by an eighth-round technical knockout in March and then claimed WBO Intercontinental Super Welterweight Title when he finished David Ezequiel “La Herradura” Romero with a seventh-round technical knockout in April.

By October of 2015, Smith proved to be an elite fighter as he defeated John “Apollo Kid” Thompson via seventh-round technical knockout to be crowned as the new WBO Junior Middleweight Champion. Since then, Smith has made two successful defenses of his world championship defeating ‘Jimmy’ Kilrain Kelly also in the seventh round in December 2015 and most recently Predrag “Pedja” Radosevic in June 2016 with a devastating second round knockout.

CANELO VS SMITH PPV, a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Frank Warren and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD. The event will take place on Saturday, September 17 and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Source: BoxingScene.Com

Canelo will face 154-pound titleholder Liam Smith Sept. 17 on HBO PPV


Canelo Alvarez isn’t exactly familiarizing himself with the middleweight limit, but he is going for his third title when he challenges WBO 154-pound champion Liam “Beefy” Smith on Sept. 17 on HBO PPV at a venue to be determined, it was announced on Friday.

Alvarez’s promoter Golden Boy made it clear earlier this week that facing WBA/IBF/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin later this year wasn’t an option. The two have loosely agreed to face each other in the fall of 2017, so Alvarez, who has never fought above 155 pounds, has time to get used to fighting at 160 pounds.

His fight with the unproven Smith won’t necessarily get him ready for the new weight class. But it is a title fight, and it will allow Alvarez, 25, to move on from the smothering Golovkin talk and take the first step, even if it’s a minor one, to presumably getting ready for a superfight with Golovkin next year.

“I am very pleased to announce my next fight against Liam Smith, a tremendous fighter with real knockout power, and the WBO junior middleweight world title owner,” said Alvarez, who remans the RING middleweight champion. “I have no doubt that this fight will be give and take, which will fill the expectations of the fans, and I will work with all the enthusiasm as I always do to get the upper hand on 17 September.” CANELO VS SMITH PPV

Liverpool’s Smith, 27, would seem to pose even less of a risk than did Amir Khan, who was brutally knocked out last month and managed to out-box Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 knockouts) for a few rounds. Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) has fought exclusively in his native England and has a plodding, straight-forward style that seems tailor-made for Alvarez. Still, Smith, who will make his U.S. debut, was teeming with confidence over the opportunity; he has knocked out his last eight opponents, and is an aggressive puncher. While some will surely pan the matchup because Alvarez isn’t facing Golovkin, the chances of the bout with Smith going the distance are remote.

“I am delighted to get the opportunity to defend my world title against the biggest name in world boxing and to headline in the U.S. which is a dream I have had since I started in the sport of boxing,” said Smith, THE RING’s No. 8 junior middleweight. “This fight allows me to make my name in the U.S. and show just how good I am and this is the big stage that will enable me to do that.” Source: Ringtv.craveonline.com