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

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…

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