Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. - Marco Antonio Rubio rematch ordered by the WBC

Jeff Bottari

The WBC has ordered a rematch between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Marco Antonio Rubio for the WBC interim middleweight championship.

According to a report by Boxing Scene, the WBC has ordered middleweight contenders Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Marco Antonio Rubio to have a rematch in order to decide who will become the WBC's interim champion at 160 pounds. Currently, Rubio is ranked first at middleweight by the WBC, Chavez second. The fight is being allowed to take place after each man gets past his own bouts in the coming months. Chavez is set to take on Brian Vera on September 7th while Rubio is scheduled to face Patrick Majewski on July 27th. Negotiations will begin the Monday after their scheduled fights are finished. The regular WBC middleweight champion, Sergio Martinez, has been told of the WBC's plans and is reportedly fine with the decision.

As weird as the alphabet gangs usually are, this should truly come as no shocker. Jose Sulaiman and the boys will bend over backward to make sure they are doing everything within their power to keep the Chavez family happy. It should be noted, however, that Chavez doesn't need an interim title nearly as much as many others may. Chavez has a big following and has no trouble getting big fights. HBO wants him and Martinez would already love to have a rematch with him. Chavez doesn't need a false trinket or the top ranking to get another shot at the title.

Because of that, Chavez has the leverage to turn down the potential rematch with Rubio for something else if he so desires. But let's keep in mind that he and the WBC have a "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" type of relationship, and Sulaiman seems to have a fragile ego. Don't be shocked if we see Chavez and Rubio squaring off again on HBO next spring.

Chavez won a close decision in their first fight back in February 2012. Chavez reportedly had problems making weight (par for his course) and some felt that Rubio was robbed by biased judges.

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