Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is looking towards the future beyond his upcoming June 19th fight against 46 year old MMA legend Anderson Silva. And what he hopes to see on the horizon should sadden and horrify boxing fans: A rematch with Canelo Alvarez.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, Chavez blamed his poor performance in the first Canelo fight on weight issues, and hopes to rematch at a more comfortable 175 lb weight.
“Yeah, it’ll be a different fight if we do meet again... I think it will be a great show if we do make it happen. ... After Silva, I’m thinking one more fight, then I’ll be prepared to face Canelo.”
Chavez originally faced Canelo at a 164.5 lb. catchweight in May 2017, where his greatest success was making the contractual weight with a few ounces to spare. Canelo won all twelve rounds without ever sitting to rest on his stool, and the most exciting thing to happen all night was the post-fight announcement of the long-awaited showdown between Canelo and Gennadiy Golovkin.
After that Canelo fight, Chavez was robbed of his watch, phone, and fight check by women he brought back to his hotel room. His own father said he should retire rather than keep making the same mistakes, and Chavez admitted he’d starved himself for two weeks just to make weight.
Since then, Chavez has fought four times, including two widely derided losses. In December 2019, he gave up $1 Million of his purse after breaking weight by 5 pounds in what should have been a super middleweight fight against Danny Jacobs. Chavez quit on his stool after 5 ineffective rounds, ultimately fleeing the ring under a hail of trash and boos from the furious crowd.
After the Jacobs fight, Chavez was suspended indefinitely in Nevada and Arizona for refusing to submit to VADA drug testing. He has not fought outside of Mexico since.
His first fight after that suspension was a stunning technical decision loss to Mario Cazares in September of 2020. Cazares, at the time a little-known 30 year old, won on all three cards after a stoppage due to a cut on the eyelid of Chavez. Cazares, whose only fight against an opponent with a winning record prior to Chavez was against someone with a 9-8-1 history, has yet to fight again.
What say you, boxing fans? Is there unfinished business here? Should Canelo postpone his desired super middleweight full unification and face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at 175 lbs in a Tijuana hotel ballroom or a public park in Mexico instead?
Share your thoughts in the comments.