Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tasted defeat for the first time in his professional boxing career when he faced Sergio Martinez on Sept. 15, getting outclassed during the first 11 rounds of their fight. It was a humbling experience for Junior, but he redeemed himself a bit during the final round of their encounter, sending Martinez to the canvas, coming close to pulling off the come from behind victory.
Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) has had some time to lick his wounds, and he’s ready to get back inside the ring. The 26 year-old plans to return in May 2013, that is, if the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) allows him to fight since he tested positive for marijuana metabolites after his fight against Martinez.
A hearing date with NSAC is yet to be set.
Chavez’ handlers aren’t expecting anything more than a six-month suspension from NSAC, but there’s a decent chance his punishment will be a lot stiffer. It’s not like he’s a first time offender.
If Junior is allowed to fight in May, he’ll try to avenge his loss to Martinez in September.
“The rematch will take place in September of next year,” Chavez Jr.’s promoter Fernando Beltran said, per Boxingscene.com. “We’ve had conversations with Martinez’s people, but before that can happen the two of them must win their fights. Chavez will be coming back in May against a ranked opponent and Martinez will defend his title against [Martin] Murray in April.”
Even though Chavez vs. Martinez was a one-sided affair, I do like the idea of a rematch. Chavez Jr. froze on the big stage when they met in September, and he didn’t fight anywhere close to his true ability. When he finally decided to engage, it was clear he’s good enough to compete with Martinez.
Of course, Martinez would be the favorite going into a potential rematch between the two, but Chavez Jr. should be able to make it more of a contest. If JC Jr. comes out swinging right from the start, he might even pull off the upset.