Chavez Jr. considered retirement after Canelo loss, wants activity beginning with summer return

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

📸 Talha Siddiqui

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will finally return to action over a year on from his one-sided loss to Mexican rival Canelo Alvarez. 

The pair traded blows on Cinco de Mayo weekend in 2017 but Chavez Jr. was humbled in every round by the much slicker and fresher Canelo.

Chavez, 32, puts his bad performance down to a lack of fights over the past few years and even contemplated retirement before deciding on a comeback attempt this year.

“We are training and working to reappear on August 11. I had a sprain on my right foot but I started training well,” Chavez told ESPN Deportes.

“I cannot name an opponent yet, but we are talking about Sergio Mora, Vanes Martirosyan. I want to come back at 168-169 pounds, it’s not a championship fight and I have a year of inactivity, I want to do this and another fight before I find a big one.

“It was several months where I was thinking about returning or not returning and now that I did it I want it to be in the best form, to die on the line. If ever do anything again like I did with Canelo, then it’s better that I retire.

“I would not like to shame my family if I’m not fit. I want to be active… in the last five years I have fought four times and that’s just not enough.

“I have to prepare myself conscientiously, dedicate myself to boxing at 100 percent without any nonsense.

“If I did not have my mindset to become a champion again, I would not want to box again,” he added.

Three losses in his last seven fights is obviously not championship form for the ex-WBC middleweight ruler, who will be hoping to land a shot at one of the current 168 pound title holder’s once he returns to form.