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DiBella Shreds Chavez: Stop Hiding, Fight Sergio or Vacate!

New York, NY - Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defended his version of the WBC Middleweight Championship this past Saturday, February 4, and as long as Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez follows suit in his upcoming matchup against Matthew Macklin on March 17, promoter Lou DiBella expects the two to meet to determine who is the full and real WBC Middleweight Champion.

"As long as Sergio takes care business on March 17, Chavez must fight him next.  Either fight him or he has to vacate his title.  It's plain and simple," said DiBella.  "We are tired of waiting for Chavez to step up to the plate.  He needs to stop hiding behind his people and be a real champion.  He says that he wants the fight, so then prove it.  The WBC ruled in our favor at their convention in December, and the two were both permitted to have voluntary defenses.  We don't want to look past Sergio's fight on March 17 because he is going to have his hands full with Macklin.  If Sergio wins though, I expect negotiations to begin immediately for Sergio against Julio.  Immediately!"

The only reason that Chavez has the title now is because Martinez vacated the belt when his mandatory challenger was allegedly not up to television programming standards. If Chavez does not want to meet his mandatory, then the son of the legend should do the honorable thing and vacate his WBC title rather than continuing to face lesser opposition. After the Rubio fight this past Saturday, HBO boxing analyst Jim Lampley candidly stated that Chavez "still has not fought a fighter of legitimate championship quality."

Martinez (48-2-2, 27KO's) defends his Middleweight crown against top-rated Irish middleweight contender Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin (28-3, 19KOs) on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  The card, promoted by DiBella Entertainment, entitled "THE REAL Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up", will be aired live on HBO's "World Championship Boxing" at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Tickets are priced at $505, $355, $205, $125 and $65 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office or through Ticketmaster, at ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000. Call DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577, or visit www.dbe1.com and @loudibella on Twitter for more information.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 02-07-2012

DiBella can rant all he wants. Chavez's camp will keep on coming up with excuses to avoid fighting Martinez.

Comment by torosboxing75 on 02-07-2012

[QUOTE=tomatocantender;11754967]Yeah, I see what you're saying but it's one thing to be protected and fed cans by a promoter and even an influential/politically connected daddy, but it's a whole nother creature to be protected by the entire WBC, Sulaiman et…

Comment by torosboxing75 on 02-07-2012

Wow it's getting increasingly easier to become king.

Comment by OnePunch on 02-07-2012

[QUOTE=-Kev-;11754849]I woulda sworn I just read an article on BS main page, of DiBella saying Lee is ready for Chavez when Chavez is ready. He needs to stick to one. Will he chase Jr for Martinez, or is Lee ready…

Comment by rey guey on 02-06-2012

I don't know why people are giving Chavez a pass. [B]Sergio Martinez is the mandatory opponent for Chavez jr[/B] that's just a plain and simple fact. it isn't about wanting a mismatch or Sergio Martinez begging for money. if any…

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