Sunday, 19 November 2017 00:55

Chavez Jr vs Angulo? Why it would be a fine choice for Jr's return

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Looking to return to the ring in January after his disappointing lopsided loss to Canelo Alvarez in May, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr may have found the perfect opponent, Alfredo Angulo (24-6, 20 KOs).

Earlier this week, ESPN Desportes reported that Angulo, an Al Haymon fighter like Chavez, has been mentioned as a likely top candidate to face the son of a legend in Los Angeles, California.

Should this fight happen, it would be scheduled for 10 rounds and contested at the super middleweight limit of 168 lbs, according to the rumor.

Angulo, 2-4 in his last six fights, hasn't fought since dropping a clear unanimous verdict to Freddy Hernandez in August 2016.

Some would call this fight a set-up, but it would be legit and a wise move for Team Chavez.

Angulo, at 168, would be much smaller than Julio Jr. Moreover, he's on the apparent downslide of his career and would be rusty given he will not have fought in a 1 1/2 years.

So yes, it would be a relatively safe fight for Chavez but don't expect Angulo to be a pushover. He'd bring a reputable name, gritty beard and heavy punch

These fights aren't always gimmies. Remember when Julio jaunted to light heavyweight ro face supposed stepping stone Andrezj Fonfara?

Chavez was KO'd.

For Team Chavez and fight fans, Angulo would serve as a good measuring stick as it relates to where Julio is in career and next steps. Moreover, given Alfredo is well-known among fight fans, Chavez Jr vs Angulo would get a lot more coverage than Chavez vs someone we aren't familiar with.

For Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr, a win over the gritty Angulo would bolster his stock and confidence a tiny bit and give him some positive press, and would serve as another step towards getting his career back on track.

As for Angulo, a fight with Julio would be a wonderful opportunity to bolster his career. If he defeats Chavez Jr, he's hot again. (Well, semi-hot anyway) A win over Chavez would make people forget about his recent set backs and put him in line for a high-profile, high-money bout.

Chavez Jr vs Angulo... Let's make it happen.

Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.