Chavez Jr willing to drop to 167lbs for Macklin clash

Phil Jay 22/05/2015

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has exclusively informed WBN that he is looking to fight Matthew Macklin at a weight just under the super middleweight limit as the Mexican star bids to return to form in the summer.

The 29 year-old was recently shocked by full blown light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara in the third fight since moving up from his reign as middleweight world champion and now sees his prolonged future fighting at 168lbs or below.

“Yes, we are talking to Matthew Macklin and his people about the possibility of a fight and we hope to make it for 167lbs,” Chavez Jr told World Boxing News on Friday morning.

Chavez has targeted three-time world title holder Macklin as a recognised name to boost his chances of securing a shot at the world title at 168lbs, although the Irishman recently stated that he wants the fight to be agreed in the region of 164lbs.

Macklin, who has lost to Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin in his treble bid to become a champion at his ideal weight, is unsure of a fair fight if any contest takes place above 164 and doesn’t want to give Chavez too much of an advantage.

It’s now down to both sides to see if they can come to some sort of happy medium for the proposed encounter, which could take place on US soil in Texas, California or Las Vegas. But with Chavez coming down from 171 ½ as recently as April though, it may be a tough ask for the second generation ruler to drop more than three or four pounds for a return to action in the coming months.