By Miguel Rivera
According to multiple sources in Mexico, there is a serious possibility that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will not return as planned this coming Saturday night.
Chavez Jr. was scheduled to fight fellow Mexican Alfredo Angulo on December 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The bout was going to be a special ten round super middleweight attraction as part of the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury undercard. The card is loaded with numerous other contests that involve unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd, Olympic heavyweight Joe Joyce, and Cuban heavyweight puncher Luis Ortiz.
Sources indicate that Chavez Jr. has not complied with the necessary medical exam requirements that are necessary to get licensed for the fight.
Angulo has been training with veteran coach Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California.
This would be Angulo's first fight (24-7, 20 Ko's) since he lost a close battle with former world champion Sergio Mora in April of this year, in what was the Mexican boxer's debut in the super middleweight division.
Chávez Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KO's) has not fought since May 2017, when he faced Canelo Alvarez in a battle that was agreed-upon for a catch-weight of 164.5 pounds. Chavez, who was seriously weight drained, was dominated and lost a unanimous decision.
A few days ago, Chavez Jr. admitted in a revealing interview that he went to rehab to tackle a problem with substance abuse.
Chavez Jr. had been training first in Jalisco and then in California with Luis Cornejo, Eduardo Montiel and his uncle, Rodolfo Chávez.