Who Won Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.? Results, Punch Stats, Scorecards, Purses, PPV Buys, and Full Fight

Published 09/04/2021, 8:59 AM EDT


When Canelo Alvarez fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a non-title super middleweight contest in 2017, several people had envisioned it to be a close collision between two of the greatest Mexican stars. However, it was a lopsided affair that saw Alvarez unleash his best against ‘J.C’. It was an easy win for Alvarez, who then went on to battle Gennady Golovkin twice after the fight.

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However, Chavez Jr. went on to set a 2-3 record from that point. Many also believe that Alvarez is the one to have put a dent in his surging rise. As of now, Alvarez is a three-belt unified champion, whereas Chavez Jr. is inactive with a record of 52-6-1, and the latest loss coming against UFC elite Anderson Silva.

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While the Mexican boxers look highly contrasting now, here’s a recap to their fight that had split the loyalties of the entire boxing world. From stats to PPV sales and purses, that fight can rightly go down in the history books for several reasons.

Canelo Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr – The Battle

Although both men went the distance, it was Alvarez who outclassed his opponent from the start to the end. Consequently, he comfortably claimed the win via unanimous decision with scores of 120-108 in front of a sold-out crowd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The numbers speak for themselves and it reflects the kind of dominance Alvarez displayed in the fight.

Although Chavez Jr. was constantly looking for his moments, he couldn’t do much damage before a mighty  ‘Canelo’. Following a one-sided beat down from the other end, Cesar Chavez Jr. had no other option but to accept one of the most humiliating losses of his career. Here’s a look at the punch statistics.

Punch Stats:- Per reports, Alvarez had thrown 604 punches, connecting 228 of them with an accuracy of 37.7%. Meanwhile, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could only connect  71 shots (23.5%) from 302 thrown.

Alvarez’s jab accuracy was 31.4% with 83 connections in 264 jabs thrown. However, Chavez Jr. only had a 12.7% accuracy from 15 connections in a total of 118 jabs thrown. That said, Alvarez was clearly the bigger hitter as he planted 145 power punches in response to Chavez Jr’s 56.

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Meanwhile, it was also a successful night at the Box Office. As matchmakers saw a sold-out arena, they also witnessed hefty PPV buys under the HBO banner. Here’s a deeper look into that, and the purses of both the contenders.

PPV sales and Money show

According to ESPN, the mega-cash saw PPV buys of $ 1 million, which was a significant amount. But being an Alvarez show, it could have done much better. Yet, it was a lucrative night for both men. After Mayweather vs Pacquiao in 2015, Alvarez vs Cesar Chavez Jr’s $ 1 million PPV sale was the second highest of the time.

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Despite losing the fight, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, earned a lavish $ 3 million, with Canelo Alvarez bagging $5 million. This implies that Alvarez earned $138,888.88 for every minute inside the ring. As he also emerged victorious from the showdown in style, it was clearly one of the best nights of his boxing career.

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Four years down the line, the fight is still fresh in the minds of boxing lovers. It remains as a blueprint for several success stories in the sport of boxing. What did you make of Canelo Alvarez’s win against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2017?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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