Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is looking at his options for his next fight on June 16th. Potential opponents include Andy Lee and Antonio Margarito. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
After dispatching Marco Antonio Rubio with another uninspiring performance, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior is looking forward to his next fight on June 16th. This would be the weekend after the Pacquiao-Bradley PPV, and presumably the replay will air before this fight.
Even though he had issues making the middleweight limit, it seems that his options are still focused on current middleweights and light middleweights. Junior spoke with Salvador Rodriguez & Ernesto Castellanos of notifight.com and Boxing Scene about his weight issues and potential opponents.
"These things happen [with the weight]. You learn from your mistakes and this will not happen again. I feel very strong in this division and I want to make history. I'm going to rest, analyze the fight and review our mistakes. I liked the way that I was able to avoid the straight right from Rubio, which is the most dangerous thing he has, but I can still get better and we will show you the ring and not just talk about it," Chavez said.
"There is talk of a fight with Andy Lee, talk of facing [Antonio] Margarito, talk of facing [Sergio] Martinez, who everyone wants to see me fight because they consider him the best in the world. Honestly, I do not shy away from anyone. If they pay me enough, I'll fight him. If I would have fought [Martinez] like I did against Rubio, he would have won the fight, but I will prepare much better for that fight. I know how to beat him."
In terms of likelihood, I would rank Margo first, Lee second, and Martinez last. Sergio is not third but last. It is mandatory that Junior at least acknowledges Sergio, but there is no way that Top Rank puts their cash cow in with a monster like Sergio. They may match these two together when Martinez is way over the hill, but not when Sergio is near the top of his game.
The Andy Lee fight is a decent scrap for the reasons that Scott mentioned in his article, but Lee is a southpaw with power. Lee might be a more attractive target this time because his last fight against Brian Vera was in between the middleweight and super middleweight. Anyways, the Margarito fight is a sham matchup because it would be a huge middleweight against a big welterweight. Also, Tony has that whole eye issue that is not going away. Which fight would you guys prefer? Tony or Andy?