35 Days Out, Chavez Jr. Weighs 178 Lbs.
The biggest storyline heading into the May 6 Mexican super-fight between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is the weight management of Chavez Jr. With the fight at 164.5 lbs., many are doubting that Chavez will make the weight. A little more than a month out, though, Chavez appears to be right on track.
According to an interview with ESPN Deportes, Chavez says that he is already under 180 lbs. With over a month to go, he and his team have not made the weight cutting a priority yet and when they begin to dial down on a strict diet, he believes the weight will come off easily.
"I do not weigh myself every day because I don’t believe there’s a problem with the weight," Chavez said. "At some point we are going to focus on that aspect and going through with the relevant diet, but for now we are eating well because we are working very hard. I weighed 178 pounds on Wednesday night. We go according to plan. I already weigh under 180 pounds."
Chavez has not weighed in as low as 164.5 since 2012 when he held the WBC middleweight title. At his heaviest, he’s come in at 172, and in December he fought at the super-middleweight limit of 168 lbs. The son of the most beloved Mexican fighter of all time, Chavez Jr. has been criticized for his discipline many times through his career.
It appears, however, that he is taking the Canelo mega-fight more seriously than any bout in the past. Chavez is working with Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain and conditioning coach Memo Heredia, and he’s training at high altitude in the mountains of Mexico.
‘I was congratulated by Nacho. We are doing very well in all aspects, I feel acclimated, and looking forward to working and that is the important thing. I can tell the people that they are going to see a new Julio but I don’t want to do it with words – I want to do it with facts."