Coming off his decisive victory over Bryan Vera recently, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is being talked about for some big fights in the July timeframe. There is strong talk of a July 12th PPV facing Gennady Golovkin, and Bob Arum is reportedly talking with Jean Pascal. These are big steps up in competition for Chavez Jr, who is still trying to bounce back from a loss to Sergio Martinez. Golovkin was many people´s pick for Fighter of the Year in 2013, and Pascal is a Light Heavyweight who is on a solid 3 fight winning streak himself. We are going to fins out more about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr wit this next fight.
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For Chavez Jr, the time is now. The two fights being proposed are big money fights, and that really is all that interests Chavez Jr, a man who uses the nickname ´The Legend Continues´ has inherited his father´s entourage as well. Nothing but big money and big expectations.
Since losing to Sergio Martinez, he has gone 2-0 and fought 22 rounds against unheralded Brian Vera. He served a suspension for smoking pot, he has had his desire questioned, he failed to make weight by a pretty good margin in his first fight back and he hasn´t exactly looked that great against Vera.
Golovkin is going to be a bit smaller than Chavez Jr, as he would be coming up to meet him at Super Middleweight (168). Golovkin however, is a hunter, a rare animal in these days and Chavez would likely be an underdog. Due to the recent death of his father however, Golovkin may be up in the air.
Which leaves Bob Arum´s apparent choice, Jean Pascal of Canada. Pascal recently beat Lucien Bute and is reportedly looking for a fight outside of Canada. This would be a step up in weight class for Chavez, who technically fought Vera the first time at Light Heavyweight, weighing in at 172.5 but Pascal has been at that weight a long time and will be bigger and stronger than anyone Chavez has ever faced. Chavez will likely be the underdog in either match. But nothing would help his legacy more than to pull off a few wins as the underdog. Go Junior!