By Miguel Rivera and Ernesto Castalenos, notifight.com
WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez would like to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at Azteca Stadium in Mexico. There are ongoing talks between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions to stage the fight in early 2012. The promoters are eager to stage the contest in a Las Vegas venue, but Alvarez makes it clear that Mexico is going to be the frontrunner to stage the bout. Alvarez is returning to the ring in December, while Chavez defends his WBC middleweight title against Peter Manfredo Jr. in November.
"Right now I'm on vacation, but I am aware of the negotiations for the possible fight. It's a fight that interests the public, and Azteca Stadium would be the ideal location," Alvarez said.
As reported numerous times on this website, the biggest issue in making the fight is the weight. While Chavez's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, is asking for a catch-weight of 158, Golded Boy President Oscar De La Hoya is looking for a catch-weight of "156-pounds." Chavez, who barely made 160 for his title winning effort over Sebastian Zbik in June, gained 20-pounds after the weigh-in.
Already there are serious doubts as to whether or not he can make 158, but 156 would be impossible for Chavez and obviously the weight request is an immediate dealbreaker.