For a Mexican boxer to fight the weekend closest to September 15 or just on that date is a tradition that began almost half a century ago.
The fight between Armando “Mando” Ramos vs Erubey “Chango” Carmona started it all. This fight September 15, 1972 at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, she was the one that started the tradition.
Ramos was a WBC lightweight champion and one of the darlings in the American Union, but that night “Chango”, in eight rounds, beat him up and defeated him by knockout.
The name of Julio César Chávez was the first of a legendary Mexican boxer who was related to the national holidays.
The first time that the “Caesar of Boxing” fought in the week of September 15, in Las Vegas, it was in 1991, at The Mirage hotel. That day, Chávez defeated Lonnie Smith by unanimous decision, to retain the WBC world super lightweight championship, and set his mark at 76-0. He remained undefeated.
The idea of fighting on dates close to the one commemorating the start of the Mexican War of Independence came from promoter Don King, who managed the legend’s career. Being holidays, the large influx of Mexicans in Las Vegas ensured the crowds in the arenas. That is why September became boxing month for Mexico.
Thereafter, Chávez did not miss a show in Las Vegas during those dates. He extended the streak until 1995. Later, he was absent and returned in 1998, when he was defeated by Óscar de la Hoya.
De la Hoya, Érick Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Márquez and even Floyd Mayweather have been other boxers who have followed the tradition of fighting on national dates in that city.
” Canelo ” Álvarez and the tradition of boxing fights in September
Saúl ” Canelo ” Álvarez has continued the tradition of boxing fights in September, although his plans changed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
” Canelo ” Álvarez fought for the first time in September 2006, in Guadalajara, when he faced Cristian Hernández, whom he defeated by knockout in the second round. Since then, he maintained the tradition of boxing fights in the national month, until in 2020 a fight was suspended due to the pandemic.
Among his most memorable fights are the one that took place in 2013, when he lost undefeated to one of the best boxers in recent years, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Then in 2017 he faced Gennady Golvkin, with whom he drew, but won a year later by unanimous decision.
This year, “Canelo” will not fight in September either. It will be until next November 6 when the Jalisco man can seek to be the first fighter to unify the four world titles super middlemen when he faced the American Caleb Plant in Las Vegas, because the negotiations between the two fighters delayed the fight two months more than expected.
With information from SUN
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