Advertisement
Advertisement

Barker is Chasing Down a Shot at Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

British middleweight Darren Barker is on the verge of securing a second world title bout in a row with his team closing in on a shot at Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

The Barnet fighter lost his unbeaten record in a courageous but unsuccessful challenge against Argentinian pound-for-pound favourite Sergio Martinez last month.

After taking a short break, however, Barker is close to agreeing another shot at world honours and it is understood Chavez - whose father is one of the sport's all-time greats - is the most likely should he come through his fight against Peter Manfredo Jr this weekend.

Barker's promoter Eddie Hearn is in advanced negotiations with Chavez's team - having also spoken to other world title holders.

"We've been talking to several champions and we hope to announce something in the coming weeks for Darren's next fight," Hearn said.

A second successive title shot would be a fitting reward for Barker after he made a name for himself in the United States with his performance against Martinez.

The former amateur star was giving the South American all kinds of trouble at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before the tide turned courtesy of Martinez's revered punch power.

The Englishman had been a heavy underdog heading into that contest despite his unbeaten record but would face a far less daunting champion should he be granted a shot at Chavez.

Essentially, Chavez's version of the WBC belt is an inferior version of the laughably-titled 'diamond' strap Martinez holds and is therefore not a bona fide world title.

Yet the honour would earn Barker global recognition and open lucrative doors for the likeable Briton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 11-16-2011

What's with all the Americans calling a Barker win, some even appear adamant that Barker wins. You've seen him fight Martinez, that's it.

Comment by Spray_resistant on 11-16-2011

[QUOTE=giacomino;11433670]So, what happened to Chavez fighting his mandatory, Rubio? Or Martinez? [B]Guess the rules don't apply to him[/B][/QUOTE] We all know they don't uncle Bob takes care of his boy, Manfredo better ko him or its not going to happen…

Comment by Heeb on 11-16-2011

Not so sure Barker could beat Chavez. The best thing he's done is give Martinez trouble. Definitely a possibility though.

Comment by Uncle Rodge on 11-16-2011

Well Barker, you're coming off a loss so that should put you in prime position for a fight with Jr.

Comment by giacomino on 11-16-2011

So, what happened to Chavez fighting his mandatory, Rubio? Or Martinez? Guess the rules don't apply to him

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (14)
Top Headlines Keith Thurman Reiterates Desire To Fight Danny Garcia Video: Keith Thurman Talks Porter Win, Mayweather, The Future Photos: George Groves Shows Class in Win Over Martin Murray Photos: Eubank Sends Message To Golovkin by Crushing Doran Hearn: Canelo Lost Face, Eubank Ready To Face Golovkin! David Haye: Joshua is Not Anywhere Near Enough To Beat Me! Arum: Pacquiao's Options Are Broner, Danny Garcia, Crawford Joshua on Wilder: I'm On My Way To America, SHO Backing Me Porter: I Beat Thurman, We Need That Rematch - Fans Want It! Mike Alvarado Struggles in Win: Matt Korobov Decisions Vera Justin DeLoach Wins Big Over Junior Castillo Thurman Confident of Win: I Rocked Porter a Few Times Keith Thurman Edges Shawn Porter To Win a War at Barclays Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jarrett Hurd Drops, Stops Oscar Molina in The Tenth Round DiBella: Thurman-Porter Will Determine Mayweather's Successor Daniel Jacobs Becomes The Face of Brooklyn Boxing K. Porter Doubts Impressive Win Will Secure Floyd Mayweather Video: Jarrett Hurd, Oscar Molina Discuss Their Showdown Anthony Joshua Beats Down, Knocks Breazeale Out in Seven Adam Kownacki, David Benavidez, Hardy Win at Barclays Jack Obermayer, Legendary Award Winning Scribe Passes Away Mikey Garcia-Elio Rojas Set For Santa-Frampton on 7/30 George Groves Powers Past Martin Murray For Decision Win Video: Bob Arum on Thurman vs. Porter, Crawford, More Eubank Jr. Warns Gennady Golovkin: - I'm Coming For You! Thurman vs. Porter on CBS: CompuBox Historical Review Eubank Jr. Drops Doran Four Times For TKO, Golovkin Next? Conor Benn With Brutal First Round Knockout of Lukas Radic Dillian Whyte Knocks Out Ivica Bacurin in Six Rounds Anthony Joshua: I Need To Break Dominic Breazeale Right Down Porter: Won’t Be a Brook Performance From Me; I Want Rematch Breazeale To Anthony Joshua: There is a New Lion in Town Photos: Jason Sosa Gets Off The Deck, Stops Javier Fortuna Joshua-Breazeale on Showtime: CompuBox Historical Review Felix Cash, Anthony Ogogo, Andrea Scarpa, Kal Yafai Win at O2 Eubank: Is Golovkin Ready To Step Up? Fight Someone Not Scared! Frank Warren Tabs Andre Ward To Overcome Sergey Kovalev Oscar Molina, Jarrett Hurd Aim to Make Most of Surprise CBS Slot Porter: Fighting Me Will Be A Shock To Keith Thurman's System
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement