With Daniel Jacobs moving up to super middleweight for his DAZN return in November, he needs an opponent. One possible fit, ESPN reports, is Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who returns from a long absence this Saturday in Mexico.
Dan Rafael says that “the sides have had preliminary talks,” which is worth noting and all, but certainly shouldn’t be taken as anything close to a guarantee that we’ll see Jacobs-Chavez in the fall, or ever. There have been lots of “talks” involving Chavez since his last fight in May 2017, a miserable shutout loss to Canelo Alvarez, and none of them have panned out.
Chavez (50-3-1, 32 KO) is now 33 years old and probably past whatever prime he ever really had. He’s 2-2 in his last four, dating back to his April 2015 beatdown loss to Andrzej Fonfara. He beat Marcos Reyes and Dominik Britsch in 2015 and 20126, respectively, before showing up physically for a fight with Canelo, and then not doing much else.
On Saturday, he faces journeyman Evert Bravo (25-10-1, 19 KO), a 34-year-old Colombian who is 0-7 outside of his home country. Bravo was stopped in two by a badly faded Alfredo Angulo on April 20 in California.
Jacobs (35-3, 29 KO) is coming off of his own loss to Alvarez on May 4, albeit he actually won some rounds and did more than maneuver his physical being into the ring at the scheduled time. That fight was at middleweight, and he’s never had a serious fight at 168, but at 32 he feels his body’s telling him to move up.
If the fight were to happen — just based on what we know about Chavez since it’s hard to know what he is right now if you’re not in camp with him — then Julio would have some physical advantages on paper — a little taller, probably would be a little heavier on fight night, but Jacobs is clearly the more talented fighter, too. That said, it wouldn’t be the most ridiculous fight, at least if Chavez is really in fighting shape these days. I’d bet on Jacobs if I were betting, but Chavez still has some sort of name value, and Jacobs needs an opponent. For Chavez, it’d be a chance to get another big fight.