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 Last update:  5/16/2014       Read more by Salvador Rodriguez         
Chavez Jr. Holding The Line, Wants To Be Free Agent
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By Salvador Rodriguez

Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. appears to have no interest in extending his promotional contract with Top Rank. Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, says Chavez's contract ends in October 2015, which the Mexican boxer's camp disputes.

There were serious negotiations to have Chavez face WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at the 168-pound limit in July, but the fight fell apart over Chavez's position to receive a sizable purse without a contract extension. 

According to Chavez Jr., Top Rank offered him $6.6 million to face Golovkin - with a two fight extension included in the deal. After rejecting the clause of a two fight extension, the boxer claims Top Rank made a new offer of $2 million, without any promotional extension included, and Chavez rejected the purse for being what he believed was far too low.

"There is no despair, I am calm because I know I'm doing the right thing. Obviously I wanted the fight with Gennady Golovkin and the public wanted it, but the fighters deserve respect inside and outside the ring, so maybe now I'll wait [to see what happens]," Chavez Jr. said. "I'll be ready for whatever comes."

"I was excited for the fight. I guess even the promoter of Golovkin was annoyed [by the contract issues delaying the deal], but there are [other] opponents who I can face at 168 pounds, even at 160 pounds. I will be ready."

Tags: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr , Top Rank


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comment by Catrin, on 05-16-2014
Arum is a cancer to the sport!!! Die puto!!!! As far as jr. I dont blame him i hope he uses this time off wisely and not blow up to 200lbs! Give his body a rest and get in a real diet to avoid killing himself to make weight

Bob Arum
comment by margoman, on 05-16-2014
I think it is time for Arum to retire, Ist he screws up what could have been a good fight; Chavez vs GGG, then he wants a Marquez and Manny # 5 when the fans have seen enough of them. We want Manny vs Mayweather..........

comment by QballLobo, on 05-16-2014
Maybe Oscar will come out of retirement to let Chavez Jr. beat like Sr. did for Oscar back in the day to boost his stock a la Pacquiao and Mayweather if Jr. signs with Golden Boy.

comment by chavmex, on 05-16-2014
I think Bob Araum wants to hold the boxers contracts as he did on the old days, now days boxers are more versatile! The money was low for a main event like Chavez vs GGG. Bob Arum will be losing all of his stable soon, because the man is so stuborn. The only loyal guy he has is Pacquiao and...

comment by jrrod02, on 05-16-2014
Offering Chavez only 2 million for a PPV fight with GGG is low balling him and I can't blame Chavez for declining it. Ward got 2 for fighting an average fighter and he brings in no fans. Chavez as much as we talk about how indiscipline he is brings in the fans, and knows his worth.

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