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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to return against Anthony Dirrell on Nov. 11


Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. laid a complete egg against Canelo Alvarez and no doubt damaged his reputation.

He didn’t win a single round on any scorecard and throughout his lethargic effort, it appeared he simply was trying to survive rather than win.

The son of the Mexican legend is now prepared to redeem himself with another tough challenge.

Chavez announced on Twitter that he’ll return against former super middleweight titleholder Anthony Dirrell on November 11 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The bout will be contested at 168 pounds (Chavez’s last fight took place at a catchweight of 164.5).

Chavez (50-3-1, 32 knockouts) figures to be a sizable underdog once again, even though he’s the name fighter. But after such a disappointing performance against Canelo, it remains to be seen just what kind of draw Chavez is now.

After all, he hasn’t scored a significant victory since June 2012, when he scored a fifth-round knockout of Andy Lee to retain his middleweight title.

Three months later, Chavez was outclassed over 11 rounds by Sergio Martinez, but saved face with a brilliant final round where he dropped the future hall of famer and almost finished him.

Since then, Chavez has dipped farther and farther into irrelevancy in a sport his father once ruled for over a decade.

Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs), an athletic puncher who survived a battle with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2007, figures to be a tall mountain to climb for Chavez in his first fight back after the Canelo setback. The 32-year-old (whose brother Andre is a fellow 168-pound contender) is quick, strong and owns the amateur pedigree. He’s scored three consecutive wins since he dropped a majority decision to Badou Jack in April 2015, along with his title.

It’s a surprise Chavez is taking on such a foe following what transpired in May. But this is the kind of fight he needs.

Because at age 31, Chavez will obviously never be his father in the ring. And that’s OK. But if he’s going to continue to compete on the top level, he needs a notable victory, and Dirrell would be exactly that.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

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  • ceylon mooney

    nacho beristain insisted the weight wasnt why he sucked last time.

    kinda like broner, he needs a shrink more than a trainer.

    • Wade Wilson

      With Chavez Jr. you have to ask “Why are you doing this?” but with Broner you have to ask “What the hell is wrong with you?”

      • ceylon mooney

        oooh yea. true that.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Nacho is just defending himself. He also helped cripple Oscar before the Pacquiao fight.

      I think a fighter needs to already be in excellent condition when starting a Beristain training camp otherwise it will grind him down more than help him. It’s apparently way too tough for someone who’s just recently decided to change years of terrible health habits.

      • ceylon mooney

        never thought a that

    • Mike M.

      I think his dad needs to give him more hugs lol

  • Fist_ti_cuffs

    He should have chosen a different opponent. This could get ugly.

    • Floridastorm

      Andre Dirrell, IMO, is the much better fighting brother. Anthony Dirrell is really not that good. Jack took him to the woodshed and nearly KO’d him. Dirrell will get frustrated with Chavez if he can’t hurt him. If Chavez fights like he did against Lee then Dirrell will loose. I’m pulling for Chavez.

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        You must not have watched ether fighters last fight.


    Before the Canelo fight. Here’s the exact offer to Junior.

    GBP: Hey amigo want some big $$$??
    Junior: Hell yes where we at?
    GBP: We all know that you got this granite chin. Want to spar with Canelo on May 6?? Just walk and stare at him. Be sure not to listen to your papa and nacho okay? Eric Gomez got you.
    Junior: Easy work.. but I need more $$$. you hear me??
    GBP: No problemo. After May 6 you can get another $$$ on November 11. Deal?
    Junior: Where’s my pen??

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Going through a real boot camp for maybe the first time in his career to make 164 for Canelo (and apparently being on weight early) was probably too much too soon for Chavez. However, in the unlikely event that Chavez still has motivation, and that after taking 2 or 3 weeks off he went back to the gym and continued to work hard and diet, his body might have adjusted to the new demands by now and he could actually experience some benefits from the work. Unlikely but possible.

  • Kiowhatta

    Chavez Jr vs Kovalev.