A rematch between middleweight Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (24-5-2, 16 KOs) and Omar Chavez is being talked about for the undercard of the proposed May 6 fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Cinco de Mayo. The 30-year-old Ramon Alvarez prefers to fight a rematch against 38-year-old former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs), who beat him by a close 10 round split decision last August.
It was a close fight, but Margarito appeared to do the better work early on in building up a sizable lead that he was able to nurse in the second half of the fight to get the win.
Ramon Alvarez, the brother of Canelo, wants to fight for a world title at junior middleweight in 2017. It’s unclear who Ramon would be fighting for a world title, because he doesn’t figure to match up well against any of the current champions in the division. Further, Ramon’s loss to Margarito doesn’t sit so well for him to be getting a title shot. Margarito’s looks over-the-hill at this point in his career, and yet he was still able to beat Ramon. Alvarez did win his last fight in defeating Matthew Strode (24-3, 9 KOs) by a 4th round knockout this month on December 17.
Ramon Alvarez said this to espn.com.mx about fighting Omar Chavez on the undercard of the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight card on May 6:
“They have not told me anything about fighting with Omar in the United States, they have not mentioned it, but obviously he would be ready,” Álvarez said. “Although it is a fight that does not draw so much attention to me, I want to get up and get the thorn out of the defeat with Margarito. Hopefully the rematch will be given, but if the other fight is negotiated, it is fine, although it is not something I crave.”
The Ramon Alvarez vs. Omar Chavez fight makes more sense for the Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight card than a match between Ramon and Margarito. Having the Canelo brothers and Chavez brothers fights each other would make a selling point with the boxing public. It creates news. Margarito has had a checkered past, and it might not help the card if he’s fighting Ramon.
Ramon Alvarez beat Omar Chavez by a 10 round unanimous decision two years ago in September 2014. The judges’ scores were 96-94, 96-94 and 98-92. Alvarez won it pretty decisively. That was two years ago though at 154lbs. Chavez has moved up to middleweight and has won his last three fights since then in beating journeyman Richard Gutierrez, Hector Munoz and Cesar Chavez. He’s not beaten anyone good, but he’s at least put some wins together.
Alvarez did not shine in his loss to Margarito. He looked very mediocre. The only reason the fight was competitive was because how deteriorated Margarito’s boxing skills are at this point in his career. The results showed more about Margarito than they did Ramon.