By Manuel Perez: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) will be back inside the ring on December 1 or 2, according to his trainer Nacho Beristain.
There’s no word yet who Chavez Jr. will be fighting in December. It would be good for Chavez Jr. to face someone that would be flexible about the contract weight, just in case he comes in over the 168-lb. limit.
The super middleweight division is wide open, ready for Chavez Jr. to take one of the belts. He’s still young at 31, powerful and well-schooled. There’s nobody in the super middleweight division with Chavez Jr’s body punching ability.
Chavez Jr. is a very good fighter, but he needs to spend more time in the gym in between fights so that he’s not having to take so much weight off each time starts training camp.
The 31-year-old Chavez Jr. last fought on May 6 on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo in losing a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision to Saul Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chavez Jr. looked absolutely emaciated in getting beat by the judges’ scores 120-108, 120-108 and 120-108. This was a catch-weight fight at 164 ½ pounds, and Chavez Jr. looked terrible throughout the fight. While Chavez Jr. did do an excellent job of making the weight for the fight in coming in at 164 lbs. at the weigh-in, he was too weak to make it competitive with the younger, fit Canelo.
There were reports that Chavez Jr. had started training camp at 235 lbs. If this is true, then it was an incredible fete for Chavez Jr. to make the weight in just 8 weeks of training. Chavez Jr. had to lose 71 lbs. of fat in 8 weeks’ time. It wasn’t fair to Chavez Jr. or the boxing fans that he was selected for the fight by Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy.