Two famed Mexican boxers clash in eight days when Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) challenges heavily favored middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo weekend. It can be argued that the May 6 fight represents the intersection of two different generations of Mexican boxing fans. In one corner is a Mexican fan base loyal to a Chavez brand that began in 1980. Chavez, 31, is very much still writing an unfinished chapter of his boxing career that has mostly consisted of making a name for himself separate from his father's illustrious 25-year career. Chavez's resume can be defined by two 2012 fights—a technical knockout over Andy Lee and a hard-fought
Showtime Sports Executive Vice President Stephen Espinoza recently spoke with Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix, giving his perspective on where the potential fight currently stands. “The biggest battle in Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was both guys really thinking that the other wanted to do it.
"Yeah, nothing fancy about it," says Alvarez, a young father who will turn 18 next month and graduate from Two Rivers Alternative High School in Weber County along with Aliyha Lopez, the mother of his 8-month old daughter, Mia. Alvarez, who won the national championship in the 114-pound weight division last May at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, will defend his title far from his family's home on 44th Street this year. The Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions begins Monday at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, La., and runs through Saturday. Seven other Utahns — Matt Searle, Gabriel Chairez, Milo Gutierrez, Jon Bryant, Halatoa Piutau, Skyler Torres and Siala Siliga — and Idaho's Bryant Kimbrough of Pocatello also qualified for nationals.