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Chris John wants Juarez rematch, just not in Texas

Capt WBA featherweight titlist Chris John is on board with the idea of a rematch with Rocky Juarez so long as it's not on Juarez's home turf again. Considering John came to Houston to defend, he's not exactly being a stickler.

The fight would also not be in Indonesia, as I think that part of John's career may largely be over. He previously had said he'd like to fight in Indonesia again, but is open to a neutral site such as Los Angeles.

John (42-0-2, 22 KO) won a competitve fight in most peoples' eyes, but Juarez (28-4-1, 20 KO) did quite well in the latter rounds. A rematch could go one of two ways. The more likely is John boxes to his strengths and decisions Juarez without much trouble. The more heroic is Rocky attacking hard earlier and throwing the power shots that John on unsteady legs inthe latter portion of last Saturday night's fight, which was a 114-114 draw on all three official cards. Bad Left Hook scored it 115-113 for John.

It's a fight that deserves a rematch for the sake of both fighters. There's really not a better opponent for either and there's unfinished business between them. I don't doubt Juarez has the power at 126 pounds to knock John out and score what would be a pretty big upset. It was a good fight and I think John largely impressed in his U.S. debut, and it was one of Rocky's best performances, too.

Juarez also recently said he'd take a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez if he had to go up to 135 to do it. There's one that is beyond unnecessary. Marquez put a stomping on Juarez in late 2007. For those that didn't see it, it was a genuine shellacking. Juarez blames an early headbutt on his performance, but he's the only one.

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