By Miguel Rivera
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32KOs) is hungry to return strong after last month ninth round TKO defeat to Andrzej Fonfara, which took place at a light heavyweight catch-weight of 172-pounds.
Chavez admits he made a mistake by going up that high in weight against a top opponent like Fonfara. He now plans to return at the super middleweight limit, or even lower. Chavez says that he stayed in gym since the loss and is already at 175-pounds, stating that he won't have an issues making 168.
The two opponents being looked at are Lucian Bute (31-2 and 24 knockouts) and Matthew Macklin (32-6 and 21 knockouts), with Sebastian Heiland as the third person being considered.
"We still do not know who my opponent will be. I know they are looking at those two [Bute and Macklin], and the third being Jorge Sebastian Heiland. They are all good opponents. This time I'm going to fight at 168 pounds or even slightly less depending on the opponent. I'm even talking about the possibility of going for a title, but first I'm waiting for confirmation on the opponent," Chavez Jr. told ESPN Deportes. "I will not fight beyond 168 pounds for now. I want to settle at my weight and then see if we can go up."