DiBella Responds To WBC's Threat on Chavez-Martinez

By Rick Reeno

Promoter Lou DiBella disputes a recent statement from the World Boxing Council, where the sanctioning body claimed that DiBella and Top Rank have stopped negotiating a potential fall showdown between WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and mandatory challenger Sergio Martinez.

In the circulated statement, the WBC threatened both sides - stating that Chavez could lose his title and Martinez could lose his mandatory position - if either party refuses to negotiate. The two sides have until April 9th to reach a deal, with April 16th as the WBC's tentative date for a purse bid.

Chavez will defend his title on June 16th in El Paso, Texas - and Vanes Martirosyan is the current frontrunner to face him.

As reported a few days ago, the two sides are already negotiating a possible Chavez-Martinez clash for the fall. DiBella has been actively speaking with Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Chavez. The fight could take place on pay-per-view, says DiBella, but that all depends on the economics involved. According to sources in Mexico, a date of September 15th has been mentioned, with a Las Vegas venue, but DiBella would not comment on those reports.

"I'm glad to hear that the WBC intends on doing the right thing, but apparently they don't know what the hell they are talking about - because Bob Arum will confirm that he and I are engaged in negotiations as we speak. It says in their statement, something about the agent stating that negotiations are not continuing - no, negotiations are not only continuing, but I spoke to Bob Arum as recently as ten minutes ago. I am Sergio's promoter, contractually, and I am the one negotiating and I'm confirming that negotiations are taking place," DiBella said to

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by indystress on 03-22-2012

[QUOTE=Scrubber;11917421]If Chavez can come in again at 184lbs he wins easily over the smaller 157 lb Martinez.[/QUOTE] why are you always bringing up the official weigh-in weight of 157 for martinez vs the fight night weight of every possible opponant…

Comment by Juanma9 on 03-22-2012

[QUOTE=Roman Moreno;11916665]He was talking about testing Martinez before the fight with Macklin. Ever since the whole issue with Rubio. Sergio has been adamant about the testing. This isn't new The reason why the Macklin fight didn't have it. It's because…

Comment by Elotero on 03-22-2012

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;11916473]Dan Rafael ‏ @danrafaelespn Close [B]Dont know if it'll ever happen but @loudibella says he & Arum are in active discussions about @maravillabox vs Chavez, including tonight.[/B] Yep. They are still talking.[/QUOTE] Crap. I dont know whats going on anymore.…

Comment by Scrubber on 03-22-2012

If Chavez can come in again at 184lbs he wins easily over the smaller 157 lb Martinez.

Comment by josenoway on 03-22-2012

I mean, it's possible, but damn, he was arrested at 4am, that's an odd hour to be above the limit. [QUOTE=Yogi007;11916992]The DWI still does nothing for me. As far as I know, he could havde been training his but off…

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