Sergio Martinez's 12-round, unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was one of the most entertaining fights of 2012. BoxingScene.com is reporting that talks are on for the two top middleweights to fight again in fall 2013.
A rematch would be a surefire success.
Both fighters will have to win fights scheduled for them in early 2013 before that can happen.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said he would like to see Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) make his return in April of 2013. He still has to attend a hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing a post-fight drug test after testing positive for marijuana.
Arum said that a possible opponent for Chavez Jr. is middleweight Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs)—who impressed on the undercard of the Chavez Jr.-Martinez bout by knocking out Joachim Alcine.
Martinez's promoter, Lou DiBella, said that he is "very interested" in a rematch with Chavez Jr. as well, making the possibility of a second bout between the two fighters a real chance.
DiBella also mentioned he wold like Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) to have a fight in April or May of 2013 in Martinez's home country of Argentina.
No possible opponent was named.
If all goes as planned we should see one of the best fights of 2013 go down if Martinez-Chavez Jr. meet sometime next autumn.
A second fight should be much more competitive overall, as Martinez would be fighting to solidify his first win over Chavez Jr. Chavez Jr. would be looking to show that he is a top-tier fighter, despite being out-boxed for 11 of the 12 rounds in their last bout.