Macklin in talks with Chavez, wants 164lb catchweight agreement

Phil Jay 21/05/2015

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Three-time middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin has revealed that tentative negotiations have begun with former WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr over a possible encounter in the summer.

Macklin, who recently turned 33, put himself back in the win column on May 9 with a second round knockout of Sandor Micsko in Birmingham and is now on the lookout for a route that will lead him to another chance at a recognised belt.

Whilst Macklin was hoping to push towards a meeting with WBA ‘regular’ title holder Danny Jacobs, contact was made by representatives of Chavez in the hope of securing a mouth-watering fight between the pair nearer the super middleweight limit.

“There is no news on the Jacobs front but there is now talk of fighting Chavez Jr,” Macklin told The Daily Mail.

“But that fight would have to be up near 168lbs and I would only really be 168lbs on the night of the fight whereas he would put on 20lbs overnight. At middleweight, I would love that fight but I don’t really want to venture up to super-middleweight so we will see what happens.

“I would consider giving him a few pounds. Listen if he could meet me halfway, maybe at 164lbs, I would go for it but to go up to 168lbs I’m giving a lot of an advantage away.

“I think it would be a physical fight as well but let’s see what happens in the next few days,” he added.

Chavez recently lost to Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara in his third venture up to light heavyweight on the back of two victories over Bryan Vera. Jumping 15lbs from his previous title fight against Sergio Martinez has proven to be too much of an ask for the Mexican star though and the 29 year-old is now keen to begin his descent back down the divisions.

The has been some suggestion of Chavez eventually returning to 160lbs at some point, although that would come too soon for a clash with Macklin and any agreement with the Irishman would be more likely to happen much closer to 168.