Chavez Jr. Eyes Bute, Macklin or Heiland For July Bout

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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Clegg on 05-15-2015

Bute's people should be busting their balls trying to make this. It'd sell well despite where they are in their careers and if there's an type of opponent Bute can still beat it's someone who is aggressive, defensively flawed, smaller,…

Comment by kombayn on 05-15-2015

I would like to see Chavez, Jr vs. Bute. That'd be an interesting fight at 168lbs, both got pounded by Light Heavyweights.

Comment by londoner on 05-15-2015

Macklin used to be a high level fighter, big hearted and always in good action bouts, including some thrillers, but he just doesn't have it any more. He's shot. That, of course, makes him the perfect rehab foe for Junior…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 05-14-2015

[QUOTE=Heavyfist;15688631]Bute is a seriously shot and tenative fighter. Ever since losing to Froch, he hasn't put in a single impressive performance. He just fights with almost no confidence anymore. But, still a good fight for Chavez Jr. both are about…

Comment by Heavyfist on 05-14-2015

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;15688498]Bute is a better fighter and he has some pop. If he can fight Junior without expecting to get knocked out I think he could beat him.[/QUOTE] Bute is a seriously shot and tenative fighter. Ever since losing to…

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