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Arum Wants Chavez-Pascal If Not Chavez-Golovkin

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — If a July 12 pay-per-view bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Gennady Golovkin cannot be made, promoter Bob Arum would like to have Chavez move up to light heavyweight to face Canada’s Jean Pascal.

Arum said Tuesday before a Miguel Cotto-Sergio Martinez news conference at Madison Square Garden that he had dinner with Pascal on Monday night to discuss the fight.

“He’s a very intelligent guy,” Arum said regarding Pascal. “I didn’t realize it.”

Arum added that a Chavez-Pascal fight would take place either in Las Vegas or at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where Arum’s Top Rank Inc. has promoted two Manny Pacquiao fights in recent years.

Momentum began building for a Chavez-Golovkin showdown both before and after a re-focused Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KOs, 1 NC) recorded a unanimous decision victory over Bryan Vera in their March 1 rematch in San Antonio. It looks less likely now, though, that a Chavez-Golovkin fight could materialize so soon.

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) was supposed to defend his WBA middleweight title against Andy Lee (31-2, 22 KOs) on April 26 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin is mourning the recent death of his father, however, and it is not known when he’ll return to the ring or if the Lee fight will be rescheduled.

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) is fresh off a unanimous decision win over fellow adopted French-Canadian Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) on Jan. 18 at Bell Centre in Montreal. Pascal has won three straight fights since Bernard Hopkins out-pointed him in their light heavyweight championship rematch nearly three years ago.

The Haitian-born Pascal has done big box-office business in Montreal and Quebec City, but he has expressed an interest in fighting in Las Vegas. It also is highly unlikely Chavez would even consider boxing Pascal anywhere in Quebec.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Nights King on 03-13-2014

[QUOTE=zuz;14319631]Yeah, why would he fight Ward of 168 if he can fight stiffs of 154... aight? What a great middleweight champion. I guess greatest of all time by ur standards. Schaefer was ready to make that bout. Can crusher's team…

Comment by 5burowz on 03-13-2014

Chavez gets pasted by both

Comment by Light_Speed on 03-13-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14319787]Chavez Jr. will probably win on the cards. Chavez probably has better stamina at anything above 160. Iwouldn't mind taking Chavez Jr[/QUOTE] A robbery is possible but I don't see Chavez actually winning the fight. The guy should be 1-1…

Comment by GhostBlade on 03-12-2014

I'd love to see the fight. Golovkin should stay at middleweight for now. Chavez Jr. and Pascal would be a great fight. Let's see how Chavez Jr. does against a guy his size, if not bigger.

Comment by MMegatron on 03-12-2014

I have a feeling GGG wants to fight MArtinez next. Shame he'll be fighting Chavez because Abel is a greedy liar.

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