Jacobs-Chavez Jr. Set For Super-Middleweight Showdown
A controversial bout has been made, and it is unsure if it will even happen. Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be facing off in a super-middleweight bout. The fight will be held inside the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
Following a three-fight win streak, Jacobs (35-3) lost to Canelo Alvarez back in May. The fight was almost one-sided, with Jacobs making a small comeback towards the end. He moves up to 168lbs in a quest to become a two-weight champion.
“I am thrilled to be making my debut at Super-Middleweight on December 20 against Julio Cesar Chavez,” said Jacobs in a press release. “I’ve achieved a dream of becoming a World champion at Middleweight and now I am seeking to secure my legacy by becoming a two-weight World champion. “There are some great fighters and champions at 168lbs and I believe that I will be a different beast up at Super-Middleweight. Facing Julio is a great test for my first fight, he’s a former Middleweight champion like me and he has the same goal as I do – Julio is always in great fight and I am sure that our styles will gel to be a thriller for the fans, and I plan to announce my arrival at 168lbs in style.”
It will be a true homecoming for Chavez Jr. (51-3-1), as the Talking Stick Resort Arena is where father, Julio Cesar Chavez, ended his career in 2005. From 2003 to June 2012, Chavez Jr. won 46 fights and had one no-contest and one draw. He has since gone 5-3, his last loss to Canelo Alvarez via unanimous decision in 2017. Returning to the ring in 2019, Chavez Jr. knocked out Evert Bravo back in August in the first round.
“Going against Daniel Jacobs is the perfect fight for me because there is so much on the line,” said Chavez Jr. “A victory gets me one step closer to a world championship and I’m not going to let anyone stand in my way. “I know that Danny Jacobs is a former world champion and is a strong fighter with very good boxing skills. Those are the kind of boxers that bring out the best in me. I’ve been working hard in the gym and can’t wait to let everyone see what I’ve been working on. I’m very motivated to get the win and at the end of the night I will have my hand raised in victory. I ask my fans to believe in me. I will deliver.”
Both Chavez Jr. and Jacobs are hoping to become championship contenders with a win. It is unknown though if the fight will happen for Chavez Jr. Originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Chavez was suspended by the Nevada commission for refusing a drug test. In the case there is an issue with Chavez fighting, there is a contingency plan.
Fight will be contested at 168-pounds. @KingGabRosado will be on standby if there is an issue with the notoriously unreliable Chavez before the fight. Chavez has been training again with @FreddieRoach.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) November 7, 2019
Gabriel Rosado (24-12-1, 1 NC) is 1-3 in his last four fights with one draw. His last bout was a unanimous decision loss to Maciej Sulęcki back in March.
Ticket details for the event will be announced next week. The fight will air on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.