Last weekend, former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) revealed on social media that he's returning to the ring on November 11 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
According to Chavez, he was scheduled to face former WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs) at the full division limit of 168-pounds.
But Dirrell has come out and denied Chavez's information.
Dirrel told his local Michigan paper, Mlive, that he is NOT fighting Chavez Jr. in November.
"Don't believe that," Dirrell said.
Dirrell was scheduled to face Callum Smith and then David Benavidez for the vacant WBC 168-pound title. He withdrew with an injury. Benavidez now holds the belt after recently defeating Ronald Gavril.
Dirrell has now won two in a row, including his last two by knockout, since losing his title by way of a twelve round decision to Badou Jack in 2015.
He's already set a goal of when he wants to retire and plans to win another world title before that.
"I've already set a goal to retire at 34 or 35, and I just feel like it's the right time. "It's sad, but all good things will come to an end at some time. I want to be champion one more time, and I think I will do that."
Back in May at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Chavez Jr. drained himself down to catch-weight of 164.5-pounds for an all-Mexican showdown with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who moved up from 155-pounds. Chavez Jr. took a beating in the fight from start to finish and appeared to have no energy.
After that loss, Chavez revealed that he he basically starved himself to make the weight, as there was a stiff penalty of $1 million for every pound he was over in the contest. It was Chavez's lowest weight since September 2012, when he fought as a middleweight.
Prior to the loss to Canelo, Chavez had fought in the super middleweight limit and defeated tough German contender Dominik Britsch last fall in Mexico.