There has been a lot of talk about a potential fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Gabriel Rosado over the past month or so -- but now it's looking like Chavez Jr. will be lined-up against J'Leon Love instead. In fact, sources close to negotiations have told ESPN Deportes that the official fight announcement could come within the next week.
"It seems that everything is already a fact, I'm not sure if it's already signed but there's at least [an agreement in principle], they are still finalizing the details. But this week the fight could be made official," said one of the two sources consulted by ESPN about the future of Chavez Jr.
According to the source the fight would likely take place on July 16 in California where Chavez Jr. carries a solid fan base. Ideally they would like the fight to land at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, but it hasn't been finalized just yet.
Freddie Roach, who has reunited with Chavez Jr. as a trainer, had previously mentioned Love to be in the running for the fight, and now things appear to be heavily leaning in that direction. This will also mark Chavez Jr.'s first fight back with Roach in his corner since the pair split in 2012.
Love (22-1, 12 KOs), who is promoted by Floyd Mayweather, is currently on a four fight win streak since getting knocked out by "Porky" Medina in August 2014. His last four fights have been soft touches, though, with Love most recently forcing a stoppage against Michael Gbenga (21-25, 20 KOs) in April.
Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs), on the other hand, hasn't fought in nearly a year since fracturing his hand in a unanimous decision win over Marcos Reyes in July 2015. That fight was contested at a catchweight of 170lbs and I'm sure many will have reservations about whether Chavez Jr. will make the 168lb mark should this fight be contested at super middleweight as is expected.
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