BT Sport will broadcast the superfight between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
The all-Mexican clash will be part of a bumper night of boxing that also includes Bradley Skeete’s British title defence against Shayne Singleton from the Copper Box Arena in London.
Alvarez, who knocked out both Amir Khan and Liam Smith last year, is considered one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet and is stepping up in weight to take on compatriot Chavez Jr at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 6.
"I'm excited to announce my fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and confirm that I will be prepared, like I've been throughout my career, to give a great fight," said Canelo.
"I want to remind you that when two Mexican fighters face-off, a spectacular show is guaranteed and I can assure you that May 6 will be no exception, especially during the Cinco de Mayo festivities."
"Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day in September are important dates for us Mexicans, and I'm expecting a great night for boxing and the whole world.”
The fight will be shown as part of BT Sport’s ground-breaking deal with Boxnation.
From March 1st, up to 20 fight nights per year will be shown on BT Sport, while Residential BT Sport Pack customers can also look forward to enjoying BoxNation, the UK’s first and only dedicated boxing channel, being made available to them for free on the BT TV platform or the Sky digital satellite platform.
The Canelo-Chavez Jr match-up is sure to generate huge interest as both men look to settle a long-standing score that will give the victor bragging rights throughout their home country of Mexico.
Canelo has taken the boxing world by storm since turning professional at the tender age of just 15, going on to become the world’s number one super welterweight having run through a host of leading names in recent years including Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan and Liam Smith.
The fight will be at a catch weight of 164.5 pounds and is the latest big name fight to be added to BT Sport’s spring schedule.
George Warren, CEO of BoxNation, said: “We are delighted to announce that we have secured the live rights to the upcoming superfight between pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez and the ever-entertaining Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, that will be screened on BT Sport and BoxNation.
“This is an event and fight that will undoubtedly have fans on the edge-of-their-seats and we are very pleased to deliver it to our loyal BoxNation subscribers, and it is great to have BT Sport showcasing this great event too.
“BoxNation will continue to air exclusively live international and domestic fights on the channel, but partnering with BT Sport for this megafight not only ensures we are able to deliver the event to BoxNation customers but allows us to engage a new audience.”