Chavez moving to 168 lbs. sans Martinez rematch


Posted at Oct 09 2012 06:46 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2012 02:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Former world middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. plans to climb weight if he doesn’t get a rematch against Sergio Martinez.

According to Boxing Scene, Chavez wants to fight middleweight champion Andre Ward once he gets settled at the 168-pound division. 

But first, he said, he’ll pursue a rematch against now World Boxing Council middleweight champion Martinez.

"I would like the rematch, I think would be a good fight. If not, I'll go up to 168, and there I'll develop to my full potential and I will be physically complete," Chavez said.

His trainer, Freddie Roach, encouraged Chavez to move to 168 pounds after struggling to make the middleweight limit of 160.

Chavez recently lost a unanimous decision to Martinez.

He also tested positive for marijuana and now faces at six month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.