By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com has received confirmation that the Mexican mega-fight, between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (48-1-1, 34KOs) and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32KOs), is being discussed for May 6th at a catch-weight of 165-pounds.
Chavez Jr.'s attorney, Guadalupe Valencia, advised BoxingScene that positive discussions have taken place with Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez, on behalf of Canelo.
"There are good faith discussions taking place. The whole Chavez team - which includes Julio, Chavez Sr, Rodolfo Chavez, Al Haymon, and myself - we really want this fight and we hope to make it happen," Valencia told BoxingScene.com.
After a lengthy layoff, Chavez Jr. returned to the ring on Saturday night and won a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Germany's Dominik Britsch (32-3-1, 11KOs) in Monterrey, Mexico.
Although the fight with Britsch was contracted for 169-pounds, Chavez surprised everyone when he weighed in at 167.8-pounds - below the super middleweight limit. It was the first time that Chavez had weighed below 170 since March of 2014.
But, Chavez has not scaled down below 167 since he was fighting as a middleweight and lost to Sergio Martinez in September of 2012.
Logically the biggest question is not whether Chavez can make the weight, but can he make the weight without completely zapping himself for the fight.
As long as the fight takes place in May, Valencia believes Chavez will make 165 in a very safe manner.
"Julio had no trouble making the weight last week. He felt very strong in the ring and he had a great performance. Going to 165 will be a little tougher, but fighting in May would give him more than enough time to make that weight. I don't believe the weight will affect him," Valencia said.
Canelo is currently the WBO world champion at 154-pounds, and he's never fought beyond a catch-weight of 155.
The fight itself will present a lot of curious questions. Both fighters are well known for rehydrating pretty heavy. Chavez will have the physical advantage, but Canelo will certainly have a clear advantage when it comes to speed and movement.
"By the time they step in the ring, they might be close to the same weight," Valencia said.