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Former middleweight civilization titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., out of action considering that July 2015, is returning to the boxing ring, and he"s eyeing Canelo Alvarez down the road.

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Chavez"s father, Mexihave the right to legfinish Julio Cesar Sr., was in attendance at a news conference Wednesday for the announcement of his son"s 10-round fight with Germany"s Dominik Britsch, which will certainly take area on Dec. 10 (beIN Sports Espanol, 11 p.m. ET) at the Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Mexico.

The bout is contracted at 170 pounds, two over the super middleweight limit.

"I am very excited to go back to boxing," Chavez sassist. "In my rerotate, I wanted a rival of the level of Britsch. Sucount, it will certainly be a good fight for the fans. My lack of the ring for (even more than) one year was because of numerous determinants. I fractured my hand (and had surgery) and then tbelow were inquiries about promoters and also television networks. But all that is behind me."

Chavez"s troubles are no key. He has actually had a DUI arremainder, missed weight multiple times, showed up at fights in less-than-optimal condition and also was in a protracted legal fight with co-promoter Top Rank over his contract. Chavez left Top Rank, signed with adviser Al Haymon and also litigation ensued. Finally, Top Rank took a seven-figure buyout and also the case was settled.

In his initially fight after the situation was settled, an out-of-form Chavez challenged Andrzej Fonfara in April 2015 and also quit on his stool after the 9th round. Chavez went back in July 2015 and missed weight, but he won a 10-round decision over Marcos Reyes.

The 30-year-old Chavez (49-2-1, 32 KOs) has actually rejoined via former longtime co-promoter Zanfer Proactivities and will go back to Mexican netjob-related Azteca for the fight with Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs), 29, that has actually won 4 in a row. Britsch was scheduresulted in obstacle super middleweight people titleholder Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez on July 23 on the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol undercard in Las Vegas, but the fight was canceled as soon as Ramirez tore a tendon in his knuckle.

Although Britsch is in front of him, Chavez rekindled talk of a fight through countryguy Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), Mexico"s greatest star fighter. Chavez sassist he would certainly be willing to go dvery own in weight to accomplish Alvarez at a 164-pound capture weight. Chavez has not been listed below 167 pounds given that he lost his middleweight belt to Sergio Martinez in a one-sided fight in September 2012.

Alvarez, a reigning junior middleweight titleholder and the previous middleweight human being champion, fought his middleweight bouts at a capture weight of 155 pounds and also went back to 154 pounds in September. He knocked out Liam Smith in the nine round to win one more junior middleweight title. Alvarez intends to move as much as 160 pounds for an eventual fight with linked middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin, which is being questioned for September 2017.

But a number of years earlier, tright here was the majority of discussion and also fan interemainder in an Alvarez-Chavez showdown, when they were much closer in weight.


"It would be a fight for the civilization, for the Mexican public," Chavez said. "I imagine they want to watch it. I carry out not recognize if tright here is most interest, but I think it could be attrenergetic. And on the weight, I think it would certainly need to be negotiated. I deserve to make 164 pounds for Canelo."

Chavez, that held a middleweight human being title from 2011 to 2012, said he also wants to win another title.

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"My goal is to fight in one or two fights for a people championship," he sassist. "I desire to be a champion aobtain, but if there is a significant fight via Canelo, via Golovkin, of course, I would certainly take it."

Britsch said he plans to ruin those plans.

"Chavez Jr. has the appropriate style for me," he sassist. "He goes directly ahead, does not take treatment of his defense and also gets hit via whatever. Besides, he is sluggish. It will certainly be an excellent fight and also I will win."