By Miguel Rivera
According to promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions, former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32KOs) will return on a date in May against an opponent ranked in the top ten of the World Boxing Council. The next plan would be a rematch with current WBC champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28KOs). Both boxers would have to win their upcoming bouts. Martinez defends his belt against Martin Murray on April 27th in Argentina. HBO will televise the fights of both men.
"The rematch will take place in September of next year. We've had conversations with Martinez's people, but before that can happen the two of them must win their fights. Chavez will be coming back in May against a ranked opponent and Martinez will defend his title against Murray, in April," Beltran said.
Chavez has yet to set a hearing date with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but most expect that he will appear before them in January. Chavez tested positive for marijuana following his twelve round decision loss to Martinez on September 15th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Chavez lost most of the rounds, but rallied in the twelfth to badly hurt Martinez and knock him down. He nearly finished Martinez off but he was too tired at that point and ran out of time.
Chavez's team members believe the fighter will receive a six-eight month suspension from the Nevada commission, and that suspension period would begin from the day of Martinez fight and ends in time for a May return.