Julio Cesar Chavez Jr staying at 160, wants Sergio rematch, fight with Golovkin

Jeff Bottari

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will remain a middleweight for now, as he hopes to prove he's the best in the weight class by beating Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr says his team is staying the same, and that his weight class will stay the same for now, as the former WBC middleweight titlist wants to get revenge against Sergio Martinez, and also face hot middleweight name Gennady Golovkin in the future.

Chavez will return to the ring in June, when his Nevada commission suspension is up, following a positive drug test last September.

"If I could have a choice for my first fight, it would be against Martinez and then against Golovkin so that everything is clear [on who is the best at 160]. I do not know if Golovkin is the best middleweight in the world; right now I can't give an oponion, but we'll see what the facts are after he steps in the ring with me. With Martinez there is nothing official [regarding the rematch], but he and I both know that the rematch is the best option for the two of us in every respect and the people want to see this fight."

On the subject of Marco Antonio Rubio, who is once again absurdly installed as the WBC's mandatory challenger to the belt Martinez now holds, Chavez says he will "never win a title." Julio is likely correct, and there is simply no defending the WBC's constant catering to Rubio, who isn't even a star or anything. It's a really strange situation.

The only thing possible, really, is that the WBC would prefer to get the belt off of Martinez -- which they have done before -- so they're forcing a fight he won't want, that HBO won't want, between himself and Rubio, so that maybe Martinez will vacate again, opening up a vacant title, and Rubio can fight someone else. Hell, maybe Rubio can rematch Chavez for the vacant belt. Nobody wants to see that, but that could conceivably happen. It wouldn't be the WBC's biggest crock in 2013 if it does, probably.

Chavez says he wants to get past what "happened to him," as if someone forced him to smoke marijuana and fail another drug test in Nevada, or someone forced him to slack off in training for the Martinez fight last year, leading to his first career loss. To me, this language seems a standard Chavez issue -- he didn't do anything, or not do anything, things happened to him.

Does anyone really expect Chavez Jr to change his stripes going forward, for more than two or three fights where we might get the old, "He's really changed!" Zab Judah shtick in the pre-fight hype?

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