Mexico’s former WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Junior made a successful return to the ring last night as he won a workmanlike ten-round UD over Germany’s Dominik Britsch. Chavez Jnr, now aged 30 and boxing for the first time since July of last year, won by scores of 99-91 on all three cards. Chavez is now 50-2-1(32). Britsch, who gave it a real go, falls to 32-3-1(11).
Chavez made 168 pounds for last night’s fight, his lightest poundage in some time, and he threw plenty of punches and had no apparent stamina issues. Ridding himself of some of the rust he had picked up over the past 17 months, Chavez said after his win how he wants to remain active and “give the fans what they want.”
What Chavez wants is a super-fight with either Gennady Golovkin, or his countryman Canelo Alvarez. Chavez needs more work before being ready for either superstar, but he told ESPN Deportes that he wants to fight GGG at 168 and Canelo at 164.
“We are ready to fight Gennady Golovkin and we are ready for Canelo Alvarez,” Chavez said. “Let’s sit down to define the future.”
Can either fight actually happen? Can Chavez give either champion a decent fight? Some fans are pleased to see Chavez back and apparently taking the sport seriously once again and rededicating himself, while other fans need far more convincing that Chavez is really back for good.
On his best day, Chavez can be a tough, effective pressure fighter who just might match up well with Canelo. That one would of course be a big attraction in Mexico and seems a little more likely to happen compared to the fight with Triple-G. Golovkin seems to have much bigger fights, at 160 pounds, on his radar.
Chavez, who was WBC middleweight king in 2011 and 2012, last defeated a top contender back in June of 2012 when he stopped Andy Lee in El Paso. Can “The Son of a Legend” reign again?