Julio Cesar Chavez Jr to fight Jan 26: Why it makes senseWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Look who is back.
Like Adrien Broner, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (50-3-1, 32 KOs) plans to thrust himself into the limelight again despite his recent disappointments. The former middleweight bel-holder will return to the ring January 26 in Los Angeles.
Last May, Chavez Jr was schooled by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, dropping a wide decision in a very dispiriting performance. Canelo dominated from start to finish as all three judges scored the fight for him 120-108.
Many thought Chavez Jr was finished with boxing.
... Not yet.
"I feel like I already paid what I had to pay after that fight, I killed myself for the weight, I fought until I had a neck injury but it's fine, I did the best I could that night, and now, they are peppering me. Now I have to focus well in my return," said Chavez Jr. to ESPN Deportes.
Julio told ESPN Deportes his team is considering several options but an agreement has yet to be made.
"I hope to show that now at my right weight things will be better, not just different," Chavez added.
Look for Chavez Jr to face a tune-up caliber opponent.
The case for continuing
Let's not forget that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was weight-drained against Canelo and the 164.5 catchweight mightily stacked the odds against him. His frame is too large for him to fight at his full potential at that weight. A 175 lb Chavez would presumably be much stronger and, if disciplined, could be a force at super middleweight or light heavyweight.
Of course, critics would assert he was KO'd at light heavyweight by Fonfara. However, a disciplined Chavez, working with Memo Heredia, could campaign at 168 or 175 and attempt to lift a title from one of the weaker belt-holders after becoming a contender.
At 31, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is still young by today's standards and is very durable by almost any standard. By 2020, he could aim to work himself into superfight contention again in a higher weight class.
Win or lose, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is still the son of a legend and a former world champion with a crowd-pleasing style , and will always make headlines as a result.
His stock has dropped, but who wouldn’t want to see Chavez eventually test his mettle against the likes of Badou Jack, Jean Pascal, Marcus Browne, Joe Smith Jr, Chris Eubank Jr or George Groves?
A semi-mainstream fighter with a gritty beard, Julio could take a page out of the Hector Camacho Sr career playbook and fight sporadically once every 8-12 months against fighters popular enough to help generate the amount of revenue to make it worthwhile for him, his opponent and the fans.