The Canelo vs Chavez Jr HBO pre-fight special ‘A Fighting Tradition’ illustrates just how much Mexican fighting pride is in this one.
Mexico is a country well known for producing famous boxers over the years and has a proud tradition in the sweet science.
Professional boxing is arguably Mexico’s national sport. Canelo Alvarez for example turned pro at the age of only 16 in a bid to become a fighting great.
He’s on his way now but on May 6th a fellow countryman in Chavez Jr stands in front of him. Fighting for not just money and legacy in their careers, there is pure Mexican bragging rights on the line in this one.
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It takes place on Cinco De Mayo weekend in Las Vegas which is a massive holiday every year in Mexico, celebrated by Mexicans worldwide.
Chavez Jr’s father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr is arguably Mexico’s greatest ever warrior and the family pride involved for him and his son adds further honor to the bout.
Even the fight’s main promoter Oscar De La Hoya (Canelo’s promoter) looked up to Chavez Sr as one of his hero’s growing up and became the first man to actually stop Chavez Sr during both men’s fight careers.
The following Canelo vs Chavez Jr HBO pre-fight special paints the Mexican picture in this huge fight quite well ahead of May 6th: