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Exclusive: Fonfara says if Chavez Jr. makes weight smart, he can beat Canelo

Phil Jay 12/02/2017

Esther Lin

Light-heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara believes ex-opponent Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has to be careful when making the stipulated limit for his clash with Canelo Alvarez.

Chavez Jr. has agreed a 164.5 pound catchweight to face Canelo on Cinco de Mayo weekend in Las Vegas, a limit three and a half pounds less than for the 30 year-old’s most recent win over Dominic Britsch.

Notorious for having weight issues in the past, Chavez could give away his best attributes by boiling down too much for Canelo, whilst Fonfara says the Mexican has a chance of victory if he goes about his task in the correct manner.

“If Chavez Jr. will make weight wisely and is going to be in the best shape ever, he can win because he is the bigger and stronger boxer,” Fonfara, who defeated Chavez in nine rounds back in April 2015, exclusively explained to World Boxing News.

“Canelo might be faster and this can be problematic and frustrating for Chavez. This won’t be good for him if he is slowed down, but for sure it will be a very interesting fight.”

Asked whether he believed Chavez Jr. could even make 164.5, Fonfara answered: “I think he can make it, but going back to the previous answer given, he needs to make it in a smart way to keep his strength and power in the fight.”

Falling short of giving his own prediction for the fight, Fonfara chose to let his other half answer how Canelo v Chavez Jr. would end at the T-Mobile Arena.

“I don’t know myself. I guess we will see, but my wife says that Canelo will knock Chavez out,” he stated.

Fonfara is set to be back in action on the undercard of Keith Thurman v Danny Garcia when the Pole squares off against former WBC champion Chad Dawson for a potential shot at Adonis Stevenson later in the year.