By Edward Chaykovsky
There are ongoing talks to make a fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32KOs) and Matthew Macklin.
According to Macklin's promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, the fight is being presented to take place on a summer date in Las Vegas. Chavez was back in action last month and saw Andrzej Fonfara stun him with a ninth round stoppage.
The fight with Fonfara took place at light heavyweight, and Chavez wants his return to take place at the super middleweight limit of 168-pounds.
Macklin is a middleweight, fighting no higher than 160-pounds and there is some concern by Macklin and Hearn, because Chavez could put on 20-pounds (or more) once he rehydrates on fight night.
At the same time, Hearn is trying to get Macklin a fight with WBA 'regular' middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs.
"There is no news on the Jacobs front but there is now talk of fighting Chavez Jr. But that fight would have to be up near 168-pounds and I would only really be 168-pounds on the night of the fight whereas he would put on 20-pounds overnight. At middleweight I would love that fight but I don't really want to venture up to super-middleweight so we will see what happens," Macklin told The Daily Mail.
"I would consider giving him a few pounds. Listen if he could meet me halfway, maybe at 164-pounds, I would go for it but to go up to 168lbs, I've giving a lot of an advantage away. I think it would be a physical fight as well but let's see what happens in the next few days."
"Obviously he came a cropper and now he needs to rebuild and he's looking for a smaller guy, someone like me who is a decent-size middleweight but not massive. I'm open to anything, it is a big fight and if he is still killing himself to get down to super-middleweight then actually what is an advantage in size becomes a disadvantage. When they come back to us this week we will see what they say and weigh things up."
Hearn added to the paper - "There have been a lot of discussions about Chavez-Macklin, I love the fight, but the problem is the weight. It's a lot of money and it's tempting but we're not sure. It's all about money at the end of the day and you saw Ricky Burns fight Figueroa, who was probably two or three pounds outside where he would liked to have been."
"Jacobs was a fight was a fight he really wants, there is Peter Quillin and Andy Lee too but when a Chavez fight comes up you have to think about it."