Talks between Matthew Macklin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight are underway 8 years ago

Talks between Matthew Macklin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight are underway

Matthew Macklin certainly isn't resting on his laurels.

In his return to the ring two weeks ago, The Tipperary Tornado needed less than five minutes to see off Sandor Micsko and he's already discussing his next fight.


Macklin is apparently in talks with former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr after a potential fight with WBA middleweight kingpin Daniel Jacobs seemingly fell through.

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Macklin said, with quotes appearing on

“There is no news on the Jacobs front but there is now talk of fighting Chavez Jr.

"But that fight would have to be up near 168lbs and I would only really be 168lbs on the night of the fight whereas he would put on 20lbs overnight. At middleweight I would love that fight but I don’t really want to venture up to super-middleweight so we will see what happens.

"I would consider giving him a few pounds. Listen if he could meet me halfway, maybe at 164lbs, I would go for it but to go up to 168lbs, I’ve giving a lot of an advantage away.

"I think it would be a physical fight as well but let’s see what happens in the next few days."


Chavez is coming off a loss after being stopped by Andrzej Fonfara last month and Macklin believes that the Polish fighter was a strange opponent for Chavez to take.

"I didn’t see the fight but I know Fonfara is a decent fighter. He had Adonis Stevenson down and he’s a tough, big light-heavyweight.

"I thought it was a strange fight for Chavez to take anyway considering it was his most successful stint as world middleweight champion.

"Obviously he came a cropper and now he needs to rebuild and he’s looking for a smaller guy, someone like me who is a decent-sized middleweight but not massive.

"I’m open to anything, it is a big fight and if he is still killing himself to get down to super-middleweight then actually what is an advantage in size becomes a disadvantage.

"When they come back to us this week we will see what they say and weigh things up."

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11:  Matthew Macklin of England is cut and bleeds after his victory over Ruben Veron of Spain in the Middleweight Championship of Europe during the Frank Warren 30 Years anniversary show at Echo Arena on December 11, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


Macklin's promoter Eddie Hearn echoed the weight concerns of his fighter, saying:

"There have been a lot of discussions about Chavez-Macklin, I love the fight, but the problem is the weight.

"It’s a lot of money and it’s tempting but we’re not sure. It’s all about money at the end of the day and you saw Ricky Burns fight Figueroa, who was probably two or three pounds outside where he would liked to have been.

"Jacobs was a fight was a fight he really wants, there is Peter Quillin and Andy Lee too but when a Chavez fight comes up you have to think about it."

We'll be following this one closely.