SAN ANTONIO — Junior welterweight Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez, the 32-year-old older brother of Mexican star Canelo Alvarez, will enter the ring on Saturday night with a heavy heart in the wake of the death on Wednesday of camp member and former titleholder Javier “Chatito” Jauregui.
A former Golden Boy fighter who earned the IBF’s lightweight title with an 11th-round stoppage of Levander Johnson in November of 2003, Jauregui, 40, had a stroke on Tuesday and died the next day, according to Golden Boy’s Ramiro Gonzalez.
“It’s very sad news. It’s very, very sad news. He was the champion. He used to come with us to the gym. He used to train with us in the gym. He used to work with us. It’s very, very sad news,” said Ricardo Alvarez, through translation by Gonzalez. “Javier used to spar with my brother, Canelo, and Canelo learned a lot from him. He was a great, great human being, and we’ll miss him a lot. He was always in my brother’s corner.”
Like Canelo Alvarez, Jauregui was guided by manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso.
Canelo Alvarez, 23, is expected to be on hand to watch Ricardo Alvarez (27-4, 20 knockouts) pursue his 14th victory in his past 15 bouts and his 11h stoppage during that streak against Rod Salka (18-2, 3 KOs) at the Alamodome on the undercard of a Showtime-televised quadrupleheader whose main event features WBA welterweight titleholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner against hard-hitting Marcos Maidana.
Prior to losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by unanimous decision in September, Canelo Alvarez unanimously decisioned the previously unbeaten Austin Trout in April, drawing nearly 40,000 to The Alamodome.
Canelo Alvarez is slated to compete on March 8, July 26 and Nov. 22 of 2014.
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