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Former Lee foe Julio Cesar Chavez Jr targets Macklin bout

JULIO Cesar Chavez Jr wants a fight at super middleweight clash with Irish middleweight Matthew Macklin or Martin Murray.

The fighter, who is a big in draw as he is in controversy quit on his stool in a light heavyweight contest with Andrzej Fonfara on April 18th, is eyeing a quick return to the ring.

Indeed he is targeting a Summer bout at super middleweight and the fighter, who beat Andy Lee in a WBA middleweight title fight, would love a clash with Macklin or Murray.

“I’d like to come back as soon as possible. I don’t know if at the end of June or in July,” Chavez Jr. said via ESPN Deportes. “I want to have a fight at 168 pounds. I want to resume my career, get in rhythm and look the best for me. Already the defeat with Fonfara, I left it behind, took the best that I could and stayed as a bad experience.”

“There are Macklin or Murray, two fighters who, like me, have been at 160 pounds, are two good rivals that would have a better chance than I had with Fonfara,” Chavez Jr. said. “I am already started training. I think that these two defeats is not going to stop. We will find new challenges and new goals in my weight.”

Macklin returns after a November reverse on May 9 and has honestly stated he is keen to see if his Sebastian Heiland defeat was due to over training in 2014 or came about because he has no longer got it at the top level.

‘Mack The Knife’ has also stated becoming World champion remains his sole motivation to fight on, so while moving up to super middleweight to fight Chavez Jr would prove lucrative it may not be appealing in terms of securing a World title shot.


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