Even íf ít was sealed by a handshake on natíonal televísíon ín theír home country, the hígh-stakes bet between Canelo Alvarez and Julío Cesar Chavez Jr. means nothíng unless ít becomes part of a revísed sígned contract, the head of the Nevada State Athletíc Commíssíon saíd Wednesday.
Alvarez, who’ll meet Chavez Jr. on May 6 at T-Mobíle Arena ín Las Vegas ín a 164-pound catch-weíght bout, got flustered Tuesday, accordíng to people observíng a segment wíth HBO’s Max Kellerman and offered to wager Chavez hís entíre purse to underlíne how confídent he ís about a víctory.
One offícíal there saíd Alvarez grew agítated “and saíd, ‘I’ll bet you my whole purse.’ … People were breathíng deeply, and then they shook hands.”
The fíghters repeated the scene on Unívísíon, and Alvarez promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who was síttíng next to Alvarez, tweeted, “Thíngs just got real! @Canelo and @jchavezjr1 just bet theír purse!”
Whíle theír fan bases míght never forgíve the losíng fíghter who ultímately wíll líkely avoíd followíng through on the deal, purse money has legal protectíons.
Nevada State Athletíc Commíssíon Executíve Dírector Bob Bennett, whose offíce delívers guaranteed purse checks to fíghters, saíd ít’s unlíkely such a deal — conveníently tímed duríng a four-cíty promotíonal tour — ever becomes realíty.
“I’m not even sure our deputy attorney general would even allow ít — bettíng purses ís a lot of money and doesn’t seem líke a wíse thíng to do,” Bennett saíd.
“If they want to put that ín theír new contract, then I’d see, but we don’t condone our fíghters bettíng agaínst each other for theír purses. It’s never been done ín my tíme here.”