For Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., facing Canelo Alvarez with all of Mexico’s attention is an opportunity to cleanse his reputation as a malingerer. “Winning takes away a lot of that criticism,” Chavez told The Times through an interpreter Friday before his appearance with Alvarez in front of an estimated 5,000 at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood to hype their May 6 pay-per-view bout in Las Vegas. The 31-year-old former middleweight world champion has been previously disciplined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for smoking marijuana and taking a banned diuretic, and he’s taken severe public heat for not meeting standards set by his legendary fighter father. Chavez (50-2-1, 32 knockouts), who has battled to make weight in recent years, was unceremoniously knocked down and stopped after nine rounds by Andrzej Fonfara less than two years ago.
Gerald Washington played football for USC and is 18-0-1 in his pro boxing career. The latter can definitely be said for Gerald Washington as he prepares to face Deontay Wilder in the Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Washington grew up in Northern California, but when he was 13, him and his mother, Rosa Rangel, moved to Mexico.
Floyd Mayweather Jr has once again suggested Conor McGregor is holding up negotiations over a multi-million dollar clash between the unbeaten boxer and the Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar. The pair are expected to meeting in a boxing match rather than a UFC clash, but some of the finer details need ironing out before an announcement can be made. Mayweather has been in retirement since winning the 49th fight of his career against Andre Berto in September 2015, but appears ready to return to competitive action.