Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Chavez Being Advised To Head Straight To Manfredo

By Keith Idec

The people promoting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s career in the United States would prefer that the WBC middleweight champion doesn’t take what they perceive as an unnecessary fight Sept. 24 somewhere in Mexico.

Top Rank founder Bob Arum said he would prefer Chavez skip that fight, especially since trainer Freddie Roach won’t be able to devote much attention to training him for it. Arum also wants Chavez to avoid ruining a deal Top Rank struck with promoter Lou DiBella for Chavez to defend his 160-pound crown against Peter Manfredo on Nov. 19.

The Chavez-Manfredo fight will be televised by HBO, which also broadcast Chavez’s controversial title-winning performance, a majority decision victory over Germany’s Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10 KOs) on June 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Chavez (43-0-1, 30 KOs) reportedly wants to box Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs) on Sept. 24, even though he doesn’t have the support of the promotional company that has helped carefully craft him into a draw both at the gate and on television. Zanfer Promotions, based in Tijuana, Mexico, also co-promotes Chavez.

Hearns lost his last fight, a WBA middleweight title shot against Germany’s Felix Sturm (36-2-1, 15 KOs), by seventh-round TKO on Feb. 19 in Stuttgart, Germany.

If Chavez does fight Hearns or someone else Sept. 24, the fight won’t be televised in the United States.

Meanwhile, Carl Moretti, Top Rank’s vice president of operations, said Reliant Stadium in Houston will likely be the site for the Chavez-Manfredo fight. If, as expected, a site deal is struck in the coming weeks, the ring for the Chavez-Manfredo card would be set up on a football field that usually serves as the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans.

Manfredo (37-6, 20 KOs), of Providence, R.I., has won six straight fights since Sakio Bika (28-5-2, 19 KOs) stopped him in the third round of their super middleweight match in November 2008 in Providence.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mshap on 08-05-2011

hey, I hear that Jr. plans to fight someone who can actually punch for his next fight to silence his critics -- he's challenging Vinnie Paz to get in there with him

Comment by chiguy91 on 08-05-2011

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;10946270]Imagine if Zbik had power.[/QUOTE] they wouldn't have given zbik the regular belt and set him up to be chavez's opponent. yeah, chavez jr should just move forward and face manfredo, he can face hearns after he's faced rubio or…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 08-04-2011

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;10946270]Imagine if Zbik had power.[/QUOTE] He would have ko'd Jr with how many flush shots he landed and how Jr has no defense or head movement at all. Its amazing though that Zbik has gotten this far being so featherfisted.

Comment by UglyPug on 08-04-2011

my boxing colleagues - remember that chavez didn't have an amateur career. at least i don't think he did. basically, he is where most professional boxers were 10 years ago experience wise. but i agree, now that he has the…

Comment by Corelone on 08-04-2011

Could Hearns upset Jr.s reign of terror. Is Jr. reliable enough to fight a C level guy as a tune up for a B level guy? Or visa versa? Oh yeah, and avoid all the A level guys. Zbik would…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (20)
Top Headlines Luke Campbell - Drops, Stops and Dominates Jairo Lopez Photos: Andy Vences Open Workout From The SNAC Gym Cody Crowley talks sparring with Mayweather, homecoming bout Tommy Coyle Drills Rakeem Noble in Three Rounds De La Hoya: Chavez Being Overweight Would Be a Slap in The Face Wilder: Fans Not Worried About Klitschko, They Want Me vs. Joshua Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Rematch in September? Gavin McDonnell vs. Rey Vargas - LIVE Results Breazeale: Ugonoh 'Has to Pay' for My Loss to Anthony Joshua Photos: Eleider Alvarez Blasts Out Lucian Bute in Five Rounds Chavez Jr: My Passion For Boxing is Back, I'm Doing Things Right Deontay Wilder-Gerald Washington: Pre-Fight Report Card Mayweather: Only One Fight That's Important - Me vs. McGregor! Daily Bread Mailbag: Pacquiao-Khan, Broner, Ward, Spence-Brook Gavin McDonnell is Confident That He Will Stun Rey Vargas Bellew: Haye Carries The Sport in Bad Way - a Disgrace To Boxing! Joshua Believes He Will KO Klitschko, Hopes Ref Doesn't Stop It Izu Ugonoh is Unlike Any Polish Heavyweight You've Ever Seen De La Hoya: Mayweather-McGregor is a Disrespect To Boxing! Chavez Sr: The Bet Between My Son and Canelo is Now OFF! Bute: Alvarez Caught Me With a Good Punch, He Deserved To Win Should More Fighters Bet Their Purse? Saul Rodriguez: I'm Pretty Happy With My Performance Rodriguez KO's Narvaez: Antonio Vargas, Teofimo Lopez Win Canelo: Chavez Jr. Did Not Take Advantage of Being Chavez's Son Justin DeLoach KO's Pearson: Saul Rodriguez Survives Big Scare Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in Los Angeles Eleider Alvarez Stops Lucian Bute in Five, Earns Stevenson Shot Kavaliauskas Will Return on Lomachenko vs. Sosa Card Deontay Wilder: Titles Aside - I'm The Man To Beat at Heavyweight! Thurman on Angel: Boxing Doesn't Have Time for That Clown Act Glazkov is Planning To Return To The Ring in The Summer Jay Harris Outpoints Essomba, Wins Commonwealth Gold Cecilia Braekhus Dominates Klara Svensson To Retain Belts Terence Crawford Could Fight Granados Next Instead of Felix Diaz Photos: Hurd-Harrison, Breazeale-Ugonoh - Official Weigh-In Photos: Deontay Wilder vs. Gerald Washington - Official Weigh-In Harley Benn, Son Of Nigel, Wins His Pro Debut At York Hall De La Hoya: Canelo Fight is There - Golovkin Has To Accept Deal! Wilder Weighs in at 222 Pounds; Washington Weighs 239
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement