By Miguel Rivera and Ernesto Castellanos, notifight.com
The World Boxing Council will issue a decision in the coming weeks on a proposed fight between WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31KOs) and former welterweight beltholder Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27KOs). Prior to last Saturday's fight between Chavez and Marco Antonio Rubio, the WBC ordered the winner to face mandatory challenger Sergio Martinez - without the possibility of a voluntary defense.
The WBC refuses to issue an order at the moment - because Martinez is scheduled to face Matthew Macklin on March 17th. If Macklin scores an upset win, then Martinez loses his mandatory shot.
"The WBC ordered Julio to make his next defense against Argentine fighter 'Maravilla' Martinez, but we can not say anything for now because Martinez hasn't fought yet, and he needs to win in order to be confirmed as the opponent for Chavez," the WBC said in a statement.
And even if the Macklin scores the upset, Margarito has other hurdles to overcome. The World Boxing Council will order Margarito to undergo a thorough eye examination before three ophthalmologists who are recognized and appointed by the WBC's medical committee.
Margarito suffered a serious right eye injury during his November 2010 decision loss to Manny Pacquiao. Following the loss, Margarito underwent a very delicate eye operation. During last December's rematch with Miguel Cotto, Margarito's surgically repaired eye began to swell very early in the fight. By the tenth round, the right eye was swollen shut and the ringside doctor stopped the fight.
Some of the WBC's board members are hoping Margarito will retire to spend time with his family.
"Antonio has a very nice family. He has already accomplished a great career in the ring and he should think about their future and that of his own. There is no point in further exposing his health."