Chavez Jr. considering Macklin or Rubio for next fight
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) is hoping to face Matthew Macklin, Marco Antonio Rubio or Domenico Spada for his next fight to take place possibly in April. This will be a tune-up fight to get Chavez Jr. ready for a rematch with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez next September.
However, Rubio, who Chavez Jr. beat last year in February by a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision in Texas, said he wants Chavez Jr. to agree to random blood testing for performance enhancing drugs before he’ll agree to fight him again.
Chavez Jr. said on his twitter “I would like to fight Macklin or Rubio before the rematch with [Sergio Martinez] or number #1 WBC [contender Spada] for another title shot.”
Rubio then responded on his twitter, saying “When want a rematch, anywhere but Texas and anti-doping before and after the fight. I’m ready!”
Chavez Jr. then said “Rubio, I send my greetings and I gave you the opportunity. This is boxing but do not say that, Brother. I beat you clean.”
Rubio is upset because there wasn’t testing done on Chavez Jr. or him for their fight last year. Someone dropped the ball and there wasn’t a testing lab for the fight, so neither fighter ended up getting tested. Rubio wasn’t happy about it and it looks like he’s still not pleased.
Whether Rubio gets the rematch with Chavez Jr. or not is unclear because Macklin would seem like the better choice right now because Chavez Jr. has never fought him before and Macklin is coming off of a 1st round knockout win over Joachim Alcine last September in a good performance. Before that, Macklin was stopped by Sergio Martinez in an 11th round knockout defeat in March 2011. Macklin gave Martinez a lot of problems in the fight, however, before losing. Macklin also was beaten by former WBA World middleweight champion Felix Sturm by a controversial 12 round decision loss in June 2011.