Chavez Jr. Targets August 11 for Return
The last time Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was seen in a boxing ring, it was a 164.5-pound catchweight bout in May 2017. He was dominated by Canelo Alvarez in a one-sided loss.
As reported by Boxing Scene, the former world champion admits his performance forced him to consider never returning, but he now will, and Chavez Jr. aims for an August 11 return.
“It was several months where I was thinking about returning or not returning and now that I did it I want it to be in the best form, to die on the line,” Chavez Jr. told ESPN Deportes. “If ever do anything again like I did with Canelo, then it’s better that I retire. I would not like to shame my family if I’m not fit. I want to be active…in the last five years I have fought four times and that’s just not enough.”
I have to prepare myself conscientiously, dedicate myself to boxing at 100 percent without any nonsense. If I did not have my mindset to become a champion again, I would not want to box again.
Chavez Jr. entered training camp at 220 pounds, and he has lost about 30 since. He intends to fight in the super middleweight division, at the 168-pound weight limit.
Chavez Jr. has no opponent set in stone yet, but he says he’s looking at Sergio Mora and Vanes Martirosyan as possible opponents.
“I had a sprain on my right foot but I started training well,” he said. “I can not name an opponent yet, but we are talking about Sergio Mora, Vanes Martirosyan. I want to come back at 168-169 pounds, it’s not a championship fight and I have a year of inactivity, I want to do this and another fight before I find a big one.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene