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Mexico's toughest boxers meet at Vegas

Chávez Jr. and "Canelo" Álvarez will fight on Mexico's Independence Night

For the first time in quite a while, the city of Las Vegas becomes the epicenter of Mexican boxing thanks to Julio César Chávez Jr. and Saúl Álvarez.

The future of Aztec pugilism will be at stake in a 2km radius. Two out of Mexico's three most popular boxers will be looking to give great joy to an entire nation, and they know that is only possible with a victory.

At the Thomas & Mack Center, with a capacity of over 18,000 souls, Sinaloa born Julio César Chávez Jr. will face his biggest challenge to date defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight belt from the best in class: Argentinean Sergio Martínez.

Both fighters are tired of verbally attacking each other and now only their fists can put them on top or drown them in a sea of doubts. Whoever wins will get the respect of the whole world and, surely, will forge his way into greatness.

Just a few blocks away at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with a capacity of 16,000, Canelo will put his WBC Super Welter title on the line against Cinderella-man Josesito López whose guts earned him a shot.

The 22 year old fighter from Guadalajara has a lot to lose against a lighter boxer who has enough wins under his belt to put him in trouble; the Reynoso pupil must remain on guard.

Surely the biggest credit should go to JC Jr. for the level of his fight, but boxing is full of surprises and logic could mean nothing when two men, and their fists, try to become the winner.

Traducción: Karen.balderas@sandiegored.com

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