Chavez Jr. might find it impossible to make 160 lbs if he’s suspended a long period of time
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s ability to melt down from 180+ to 160 pounds to fight middleweights could be severely impacted if Chavez Jr. is given a long suspension of 1 year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his recent positive marijuana test.
If Chavez Jr. is suspended for 9 months to 1 year, he could end up ballooning up in weight to where even he wouldn’t be able to make 160 anymore. He’s been staying busy by fighting every four months and he’s never really let his body get far out of control in terms of putting on weight. He’s put on a lot of weight, but he’s not missed an extensive amount of action since he was suspended for seven months in 2009 after testing positive for a diuretic from his fight with Troy Rowland.
A long period of inactivity by Chavez Jr. could lead to him fattening up to close to 220 by the time that his suspension is lifted. That is a massive amount of weight to take off and then fight at 160. I don’t think Chavez Jr. could shed 60 pounds – whether water weight or fat – and fight effectively at 160. It’s too much weight and he’d likely be weight drained to the point where he’d run out of gas or get hurt by one of Martinez’s big power shots.
Chavez Jr’s career could be severely hurt if he’s suspended for a long period, because if he can’t make 160, then he’ll have to move up to 168 to try and resume his boxing career.
There’s an outside chance that Chavez Jr. could still end up already at super middleweight if WBA/WBC super middleweight champ Andre Ward moves up in weight to 175 to fight at this weight rather than staying at 168 but unable to land the big fights because no one wants to fight him now.