The super middleweight bout between legacy fighter Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr. and current WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is almost finalized as one final hurdle has been cleared, a weight penalty.
"In order to get that opportunity to fight Chavez, there are a lot of concessions that we would have to make and weight was one of them. We didn't ask for a catchweight; it will be at 168 pounds. It's just that we wanted to ensure that Julio wouldn't come in over that. And that's where we came up with the penalty of a million dollars," Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's promoter, explained during a recent conversation with FightHype's Percy Crawford. "Abel (Sanchez) and I was at the last fight he had with (Bryan) Vera and we believe that he looked strong and he looked good in that fight. We don't think that there is any reason for concern that he's gonna come in overweight. This is just an insurance policy that he doesn't."
Wow, that's a hefty weight penalty. Chavez, known for not taking his career as seriously as he should, would have to come in at the 168 pound weight limit or less, or be penalized severely.
To this writer, that smells like Golovkin's first defeat as a professional boxer. Chavez looked to be in rare form against Vera in their rematch on March 1. Furthermore, Chavez already has one of the best chins in boxing.
Although Golovkin is a big puncher, with Chavez focused and $1 million on the line if he doesn't make weight, I'm sure the son of a Mexican legend will be well prepared for this one.
The fight, if the deal is finalized, will take place at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, CA, a Los Angeles suburb. Historically, the Forum is known as the former home to the world renowned Los Angeles Lakers and NHL franchise, the Los Angeles Kings.
MSG purchased the Forum in 2012 for a reportedly $23.5 million dollars.