By Miguel Rivera
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. saw his countryman Saul "Canelo" Alvarez as the rightful winner last Saturday night in Las Vegas, but he feels Canelo has failed to meet the expectations that were required of him.
Canelo (46-1-1, 32KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto to win the WBC middleweight championship. The fight was close and far from a dominating performance. The judges scored it one sided in favor of Canelo (118-110, 119-109, 117-111), but even the Mexican star's trainer disagreed with the scorecards and felt the bout was a lot closer.
He says Canelo did not pull out the win that many predicted coming in. Many experts who picked Canelo to win had predicted a victory by knockout.
Canelo was satisfied with his performance. At only 25-years-old, he say there is a still a lot to learn as his career progresses forward.
"Canelo looked good, but he did not fulfill the expectations that we expected or wanted, because they were talking about him being the new figure of boxing. He is a good champion, he was at the level of Cotto, he connected with the best shots and won, but I did not see many advances that would indicate that Canelo is a great fighter," Chavez Jr. told ESPN Deportes. "He fights well, good stamina, but he always fights at the same pace and always displays the same speed."
Chavez Jr. vs. Canelo was at one time the biggest fight in Mexico. The two boxers are now too far apart in weight to make that match.