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Roach: After Lee Fight, Chavez Jr. Likely Headed to 168

by David P. Greisman

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will likely move up to the super middleweight division after this weekend’s middleweight title defense against Andy Lee, according to Chavez’s trainer, Freddie Roach, speaking Friday in an ESPN.com chat.

“After this fight, we’ll probably go to 168,” Roach said.

Chavez, 26, has been at middleweight since November 2009. He began his career as a teenager fighting between junior lightweight and junior middleweight from 2003 through 2005, moving up in weight as he got older.

He’s reportedly had difficulty making the 160-pound weight limit of late. In February, after weighing in at 159.5 pounds for his bout with Marco Antonio Rubio, he entered the ring the next night at 181 pounds.

This time, Roach said, “We [had] the weight come down a lot earlier.”

Roach said he’d take a fight with Kelly Pavlik next, but he also said they are “willing and ready” for a bout against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at twitter.com/fightingwords2 or on Facebook at facebook.com/fightingwordsboxing, or send questions and comments to [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lukcyuno on 06-16-2012

This is what's wrong with boxing they always have paper chamPs someone need to take control of of sh*t and one belt all these other bullshii fighters stay winning belts if you not prepared to fight the best out there…

Comment by ChanoCadena on 06-16-2012

[QUOTE=BlackRobbb;12249336]I knew this coward had no plans of fighting Martinez. I knew Jose Sulaiman was nothing more than a lying, money-grubbing dirt bag south-of-the-border weasel piece of garbage of the highest order. I knew Arum would try to line up…

Comment by lastrealfan on 06-16-2012

Why do all these haters hate him for not fighting Martinez. This kid is still gaining much need experience. LET HIM GET THREE OR FOUR MORE FIGHTS THEN FIGHT HIM.

Comment by Optimistic on 06-16-2012

Ducking Maravilla some more I see. Oh well, I never thought this fight actually would happen anyway. Froch would murder this dude, as would most of the contenders in that division.

Comment by BlackRobbb on 06-16-2012

WBC = We Be Crooked

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