Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be making one of his increasingly rare appearances this Saturday night in his fight against Germany’s Dominik Britsch in in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The last time the 30-year-old Chavez Jr. fought was a year and a half ago in July 2015 in struggling to beat middleweight Marcos Reyes by a 10 round decision.
Chavez Jr. got the win, but he suffered an injury to his left hand that has kept him out of the ring for well over a year. Now fully healed, Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) is ready to resume his march to the top. He hopes to capture another world title, and get a big fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez.
If Chavez Jr. can stay active, dedicated and most importantly injury free, he might be able to accomplish his goals. Based on how Chavez Jr’s career has stagnated in the last four years since losing his World Boxing Council middleweight title to Sergio Martinez in 2012, it would seem highly unlikely that he’s going to be able to get back to the level that he once was. Chavez Jr. is 30, but he’s not a particularly young 30. He’s taken a lot of shots during his career, and his weight problems haven’t helped him.
The good news for Chavez Jr. is that the 29-year-old Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) doesn’t have much punching power, size or talent that could put him in any kind of real danger. Chavez Jr. was stopped in the 9th round in April 2015 by light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara. Chavez Jr. was knocked down in the 9th. He quit on his stool after the round. Chavez Jr. last said that he’d done very little training for that fight, which is not surprising because he looked really bad.
Chavez Jr. said this to Fightnews.com about his fight against Britsch on Saturday:
“Britsch is a good boxer. He is fast and moves well in the ring. This fight will tell me a lot about where I am at this stage of my career,” said Chavez Jr. “He’s a good opponent and should be a very good fight for the fans in Monterrey,” said Chavez Jr.
British isn’t fast, and he’s not that great of a boxer. Like a lot of German fighters, Britsch has a good jab and he knows when to tie up his opponents. Chavez Jr. can expect to be jabbed frequently in this fight. Britisch will likely try and steal rounds by throwing a lot of punches in the last 10 seconds of each round in order to impress the judges. This is something that a lot of German fighters tend to do.