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Arum, DiBella Throw Some Water on Chavez-Lee Dispute

by Michael Marley

Another weekend, another important fight, another controversy.

Last Saturday, we had the odious split decision in Las Vegas which gave Timothy Bradley a completely undeserved split decision victory and the WBO welterweight crown, as two judges scored in his favor over pound-for-pound Manny Pacquiao.

In El Paso on Saturday, Irish southpaw puncher Andy Lee, a Manny Steward protege, collides with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., son of Mexico's greatest ring icon.

This controvery seems contrived and has apparently run out of steam in record time.

What's the beef, you ask?

Lee co-manager Perry Mandera, as far as I know another Perry Come Lately to big time boxing, asked the Texas commission to put both Lee's and Chavez's fight gloves on the scale to make sure they both weighed 10 ounces.

"We just want everything fair. I don't know why they wouldn't drop the gloves on a scale to remove any doubt about a pair of gloves they brought themselves. Yes, it's a new pair, but you ever buy a pair of shoes that say size 10 and they're not? That's all we were trying to resolve. So why won't they weigh the gloves?"

Commission inspector Robert Tapia, noting that there is no requirement of weighing the gloves selected by each fighter, told Team Lee to buzz off.

Chavez trainer Freddie Roach told Team Lee to get lost. (Lee co-manager and trainer Steward was in transit to Texas at the time.)

According to both Chavez promoter Bob Arum and Lee promoter Volcanic Lou DiBella, the HBO televised 160 pound title scrap goes on as scheduled.

"What controversy, what scandal? Arum barked late Friday afternoon. "We're here on the scene, we had lunch with DiBella and he said nothing about this. This guy (Mandera) is wanna be kind of guy. It's boxing, man, you expect this. It means nothing."

DiBella took exception but confirmed that the fight will proceed.

"I know it's not in their rules but why not, why not do something that can show fairness in our sport?" DiBella said. "I appreciate Freddie's attitude, though. Freddie said it's not in the rules and they refused to weigh the gloves. But I can't ignore the logic of the request."

Imagine that, DiBella referenced "logic" in the context of boxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrjoeblive on 06-16-2012

here is more ammunition that roach and slob arum are not interested in a fair fight. roach made oscar wt 147 the night of the fight when dlh fought pac he said he wanted a fair fight. cool. but when…

Comment by JrRod on 06-16-2012

So what is wrong with just weighing the M**** F***** gloves? Seriously! As it is Chavez Jr is already under a microscope not only because of his popularity but because he has been caught taking something illegal. Add to this…

Comment by APBrooklyn on 06-15-2012

Chavez Jr. is so overdue to get beaten down by a good boxer its sickening. Alsom its an unfair shame that Chavez comes in so damn heavy...like every damn time! -Lee has the height and is the perfect size to…

Comment by EdMon917 on 06-15-2012

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;12248800]What does Arum mean by "It's boxing man, you expect this. It means nothing." Expect what? Unanswered questions that lead to suspicions and the general unhappiness to the sport? It means nothing? Does that mean our questions mean nothing? When…

Comment by Fetta on 06-15-2012

Top Rank has got to be one of dirtiest promotional companies around. If Chavez loses they are dead

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