Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. In Talks for May 6
Canelo Alvarez is set to fight in May as usual, and the Mexican star may have the perfect opponent for his Cinco de Mayo weekend date. According to BoxingScene, Canelo’s management has been in talks with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s team about a catchweight super fight.
The attorney of Chavez Jr. said that the Chavez camp has been in negotiation with Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez.
Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) came back from a long hiatus and defeated German boxer Dominik Britsch in Mexico. Chavez Jr. weighed in slightly below the super middleweight limit of 168 lbs.
The fight with Canelo would reportedly take place at a catchweight of 165 lbs. There is some question as to whether Chavez could make the weight without putting his body at risk, as he has not weighed in below 167 lbs. since September of 2012.
Canelo (48-1-1, 34 KOs) has yet to fight above a catchweight of 155 lbs., but he is expected to move up to the true middleweight limit ahead of a planned super-fight with 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin.
"Julio had no trouble making the weight last week," Chavez’s lawyer Guadalupe Valencia said. "He felt very strong in the ring and he had a great performance. Going to 165 will be a little tougher, but fighting in May would give him more than enough time to make that weight. I don’t believe the weight will affect him."