By Salvador Rodriguez
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1, 32KOs) says British contender Darren Barker (25-1, 16KOs) is the frontrunner to fight him on June 22nd, which the boxer wants to take place at the Arena in Mexico City. Chavez has not fought since suffering a twelve round decision to Sergio Martinez last September. The only loss suffered by Barker was also at the hands of Martinez. HBO would televise the contest in the United States.
"I think Barker is a good fighter. He only lost to Maravilla Martinez and I would like to fight someone of that level. Making a fight with [Matthew] Macklin seems to have been difficult, and because of that Barker has turned into a good candidate - although there are some others being considered. I also like the idea of having the fight in Mexico City, because the crowd there is knowledgeable and it would be a good challenge for me," Chavez said.