It’s been quite some time since we last heard of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., The Son of the Legend, veritably vying for a serious position in the boxing scene. He appeared to be hell-bent when he started training with Hall of Famer coach Freddie Roach.
He looked at his prime when he beat Andy Lee on June 2012 to retain the WBC middleweight title. But inconsistency is a trait that has marred his reputation among boxing fans.
His impressive win over Lee was followed by a loss to Sergio Martinez. During the lead up to the fight, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was beset with controversies. Stories came out of his lack of dedication during training, and that this had become an issue between him and Roach.
After the fight with Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez tested positive for cannabis. He was arrested for drunk driving prior to facing Marco Rubio. And he failed to make weight one too many times.
All that seems to be behind him now, and this was manifested during his latest fight against Dominik Britsch.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez
Britsch acted as the bridge to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. versus Canelo Alvarez, in the same way that Billy Saunders ought to be for Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin to happen.
Canelo Alvarez may not take the designated mandatory challenger by the WBO in Bill Joe Saunders, and opt for Chavez Jr. instead. However, there are issues that need to be ironed out.
“We are waiting for them to offer a reasonable sum because the sum they are presenting right now does not suit us an dif they continue like this- then there will be no fight, but if they submit a reasonable sum then the fight will be done. The negotiations are going well,” Chavez Sr. said in a report by BoxingScene.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. ‘s team acknowledges Canelo Alvarez ‘ popularity and concedes to only at least 30 to 35% of everything, and not just a fixed pay.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. needs Canelo Alvarez, Canelo Alvarez needs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the lack of opposition in their division.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Gennady Golovkin
If Canelo Alvarez doesn’t give in to what Chavez Jr. deems a minimum of what he deserves, he wants Gennady Golovkin instead of 168 pounds.
Gennady Golovkin is the reigning WBA, WBC, IBO and IBF middleweight champion of the world. It has taken the boxing world forever to make his fight with Canelo Alvarez happen to no avail, but Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is willing to go directly to the point and face him instead of Canelo.
“There would also be the possibility of Gennady Golovkin, but Golovkin also does not want to go up to 168. Golovkin has been just like Canelo Alvarez. Look, he wanted Canelo to come up to 160, maybe because Canelo is smaller, and he didn’t want to go up to 168 when I challenged him,” Chavez Jr. said.
“There could be a fight with Gennady Golovkin – if Canelo Alvarez doesn’t want to fight. I’ve always said that I want to fight with Golovkin and I keep saying it and now I can prove that I can make the weight to fight with him.”
Regardless of which bout will happen, much is expected to be in store for 2017, where the stars align themselves.
Photo courtesy: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr./Facebook
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