The passing of the torch from the greatest Mexican boxer of all time to his heir apparent took place in Guadalajara at the weekend.
From Julio Cesar Chavez to Saul Canelo Alvarez in an impromptu ceremony drenched in emotion and awash with mutual respect. As poignant as it was symbolic.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
At the start of the eighth and last round of what he insists will be his farewell exhibition bout Chavez beckoned Alvarez from his ringside seat to help work his corner.
Julio Cesar Chavez linked-up with Canelo Alvarez after the Tribute to the Legends fight
The Mexican is Cancelo's idol, but it's a tight choice over which is the nation's all-time great
When he had finished trading unexpectedly competitive blows with Hector Comacho Jr – the son of one of his old rivals – Chavez embraced Alvarez. Then the 58-year-old legend and the 30-year-old icon who has always idolised him enjoined the debate as to who is the best-ever fighter in the annals of this nation of gloved warriors.
Chavez told the crowd: ‘In Canelo here you have the best Mexican fighter today, possibly the best in history.’
Alvarez responded: ‘Chavez will always be the greatest Mexican fighter.’
This is the eternal debate in every cantina in Tequilaville.
JC and Canelo are not the only two in the discussion but increasingly it is coming down to them