Chavez Jr Wants Canelo at 164
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be returning to the ring on Dec. 10 to take on Dominik Britsch, but it’s not the fight he’s most aiming for.
With the potential for a match-up between the two rumored for a while, though with problems of weight class difference, Chavez has stated he wants to fight WBO junior middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
"It would be a good fight that is totally for the people, for the Mexican public," Chavez said. "I imagine they want to see [this fight]. I do not know if there’s a lot of interest, but I think it can be attractive. And the weight we would have to negotiate — the promoters, managers. We would have to work out a weight where I would be able to climb in there and put on a good fight."
Chavez’s bout with Britsch will be at 168 pounds, while Alvarez dropped to 154 to fight Liam Smith for the WBO title, a move that earned him much criticism for not fighting unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin. Both fighters are also coming off of surgeries due to hand injuries from their respective recent bouts.
Alvarez has stated he would plan to move back up to middleweight for his next bout, and Chavez is willing to meet him at 164 if they can fight in 2017.