Julio Cesar Chavez Jr sees future at 168lbs

Phil Jay 14/04/2015

Esther Lin

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has no intention of competing at the 175lb limit permanently as the Mexican superstar gears up to face former WBC light heavyweight title challenger Andrzej Fonfara this weekend.

Even though the 29 year-old has the chance to gain a high ranking with the World Boxing Council by claiming the International belt in California on Saturday, Chavez says he will drop back down to the super middleweight limit which he sees as his ideal division.

“I feel comfortable at light heavyweight. Any time that you can add a couple pounds, you feel better. Although I will be fighting at 175, I feel most comfortable at 168 as a boxer. Since I have had one year off, it was a better choice to fight at this weight so that I could see how my body feels,” said Chavez.

On mixing it with the likes of 175lb champions Adonis Stevenson or Sergey Kovalev, Chavez added: “Since I have added a few pounds, I have become a more physical and stronger boxer. The light heavyweight division has very big and physical contenders.”

The one-time middleweight world champion fights the rangy Pole at a catchweight of 172lbs at the StubHub Center in Carson before an expected higher-profile encounter against one of the stellar names at 168lbs later in the year.