Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team

Boxing Champions |  Boxing Schedule |  Boxing Video  |  Boxing History   |  Pound For Pound  | The Wire |  Audio  |  Arcade
Arum: I Kept Chavez From Martinez, I Was The Chicken - Boxing News
Advertisement
BoxingScene Archive
• Boxing Articles
• Boxing Interviews
• Breaking News
• Boxing Press Releases
• Boxing Results
• World Boxing News
Follow BoxingScene
 
Search BoxingScene

>>>Advanced Search<<<
• Register A Free Account
• Account Login
• Boxing Schedule
• Boxing Champions
• Boxing Downloads
• Boxing Forums
• Boxing News Wire
• Boxing Photos
• Boxing History
• Boxer Search
• Fantasy Betting
• Feedback
• Fitness and Health  
• Free Homepage
• Mixed Martial Arts
• Pound For Pound
• Upcoming Fight Archive
                                                                                                                                                            ...............

 Last update:  7/14/2012       Read more by Keith Idec         
   
Arum: I Kept Chavez From Martinez, I Was The Chicken
Share Click Here To Email Printable version Search BoxingScene Database 

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Bob Arum didn’t lie when he people asked about making Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. versus Sergio Martinez before the middleweight title fight finally came together last month.

The Hall-of-Fame promoter just wasn’t willing to publicly speak the truth about protecting Chavez from a fighter he and his trusted matchmakers at Top Rank Inc. knew Chavez was not equipped physically or mentally to challenge until earlier this year. Arum admitted at The Edison Ballroom that they exercised extreme caution while waiting for the son of Mexico’s most famous fighter to develop into a credible challenger for boxing’s best middleweight.

“When we were sitting around like this and talking about some of [Chavez’s] other fights,” Arum said, “and people would say, ‘When is he going to fight Martinez, who’s the real middleweight champion,’ I would divert the conversation. So people would say, ‘Arum is having Chavez duck Martinez.’ And everybody was right. That was the truth. He wasn’t ready to fight him. And now he’s ready. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee he’s going to win, but I think he is very competitive and I give him an excellent chance to win this fight.”

Arum emphasized that it wasn’t the bigger, stronger and younger Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KOs) who wasn’t willing to meet Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) before they eventually agreed to terms for an HBO Pay-Per-View main event Sept. 15 at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“The one who was chicken was his promoter,” a laughing Arum said, mocking himself. “I didn’t want to do it.”

Lou DiBella, Martinez’s promoter, and Arum exchanged a hi-five after Arum acknowledged his previous fear of matching Chavez against Martinez. DiBella understands, however, why Arum and his advisors altered their opinions once the 26-year-old Chavez showed so much improvement in successive victories over Sebastian Zbik (30-2, 10 KOs), Peter Manfredo Jr. (37-7, 20 KOs), Marco Antonio Rubio (54-6-1, 47 KOs) and Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KOs) over the past 13 months.

“They did the right thing because they waited until they thought he could win the fight,” DiBella said. “That’s what happened and they believe they’re going to win. And two years ago, they would’ve gotten their asses kicked all over the ring, and they knew it.

“The kid is a different fighter now. He’s also [f***ing] huge. He’s huge. This is not an ordinary-sized middleweight. This is a huge middleweight, the biggest middleweight in the division, like [Kelly] Pavlik used to be. And Sergio’s a small middleweight. I’m worried about this fight.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

Tags: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr , Sergio Martinez , Bob Arum , Chavez-Martinez , Chavez vs Martinez


 

 User Comments and Feedback (must register to comment)

comment by letsgobrady, on 07-15-2012
[QUOTE=EDD1]Thats understandable, just business..... I cant say I see him doing that with a lot of fighters, if you look at the roster bob doesnt mind taking risks; one good example of that in my opinion is Kelly pavlik, for a good moment there he got some big risk fights early and it payed off. ...

comment by Boxer93, on 07-15-2012
[QUOTE=DhymezFMJFan]Okay for all the idiots that still don't believe Arum has been the biggest obstacle in the Mayweather vs Paquiao fight.......Slap Yourself! 2009 he didn't wanna take the test! 2010 Arum pulled that deadline stunt but later criticized Mayweather for picking May 5th to fight...

comment by DhymezFMJFan, on 07-15-2012
Okay for all the idiots that still don't believe Arum has been the biggest obstacle in the Mayweather vs Paquiao fight.......Slap Yourself! 2009 he didn't wanna take the test! 2010 Arum pulled that deadline stunt but later criticized Mayweather for picking May 5th to fight Pacquiao without ne...

comment by MrRolltide91, on 07-15-2012
we already knew this

comment by mathed, on 07-14-2012
A lot of talk about Floyd and Pac in a Martinez-Chavez thread. Sergio would break both those dudes to pieces in the first place....so lets keep all that in the Pac-May thread...just a suggestion.

Post A Comment/View More User Comments (108) 

   
 Top Headlines
 Advertisement
 
 MMA Headlines
 
 Related Articles
  Ricky Burns Set To Retain Tony ...
  Quigg Promises To Show Improvem...
  Hopkins: I Wanted Kovalev, Smar...
  Luke Campbell Takes Career Brea...
  Chudinov vs. Nielsen Is Announc...
  Warrington: I'm Hungrier Than E...
  Kovalev's Trainer Expects Hopki...
  Garcia Tabs Maidana To Beat May...
  Rodriguez Confident He Shocks O...
  Ryan Martin Humbled To Land Slo...

 Latest Active Forum Threads
Latest Active Threads
 Advertisement

 


Advertisement



Privacy Policy - Submit News - Feedback - Site Map - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2003-2014 BoxingScene LLC. All rights reserved. Material may not be replicated in any manner without the written consent of BoxingScene.com