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Jose Sulaiman: Chavez Jr is Ready For Sergio Martinez

By James Blears

One of two juniors will have to fight "A Marvel." That’s the ruling of the WBC.

World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman says that whoever wins the fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Peter Manfredo Jr, on November 19th at the Reliant Arena in Houston, must face Diamond champion Sergio Martinez next.

Some months ago, during a visit to Mexico, Sampson Lewkowicz, who’s the advisor and mentor of Sergio Martinez, said he wouldn’t want to see this match-up because Julio Jr simply wasn’t ready for such a challenge. But, that was before Julio won the WBC middleweight belt. Sergio holds the Diamond Belt - so if Julio defeats Manfredo, the ring collision path has been ordained by the WBC’s Board of Governors. 

Jose Sulaiman stressed: “Let me tell you. Chavez has more than forty victories, he wants to fight Martinez and he’s ready. If he’s not ready now he’ll never be ready.”

Don Jose also warned about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s huge weight gain between the official weigh-in and the actual fight. He advised:

“Julio has to control his weight. If he doesn’t, he’s going to have a big, big problem, with anybody- not only with Martinez. If he doesn’t control his weight for the Manfredo fight, he might subject himself to a lot of danger. So I think his trainers have to be tougher with him. He is very undisciplined. He’s still a kid at heart. He was born eating steak, not tortillas.”

Quite apart from the maturity enhancing potential of the Martinez fight, Don Jose also suggested:

“It would be a multi-million dollar fight, which is good for both. I believe that Julio wants to show to the world that he is ready. Not only that he's a potential fighter, but that he’s the best. It’s his time! They have to respect the rules and the regulations of the WBC, if they want to be WBC champions.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by flint on 10-05-2011

arum will find a way to get jr out of this beat down that on its way.

Comment by throbk1974 on 10-05-2011

the only reason Sulaiman is saying this is because of the backlash he's received, because he's protecting Chavez Jr.. Its too little, too late. I think Martinez should dump the WBC belt and drop down to JMW to fight for…

Comment by nycsmooth on 10-05-2011

OK Jose, you talked the talk, now walk the walk & make it happen...

Comment by Spray_resistant on 10-05-2011

[QUOTE=calmdown;11254342]can't wait for martinez to take that 0[/QUOTE] He already should have about 6 or 7 losses by my count.

Comment by v.cassiusali@ya on 10-05-2011

i just hope the fight happens soon...

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