Roach Could See Ward in Chavez's Future, Not Geale

By Rick Reeno

Veteran trainer Freddie Roach could see a potential fight down the line between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32KOs) and Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs).

First, Chavez has to overcome the most difficult test of his entire career - when he defends his WBC middleweight title against Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

If Chavez is successful, Roach would like to see him move up in weight to 168-pounds, where Ward reigns supreme with the WBC/WBA titles. Should he move up, Roach doesn't see Chavez taking on Ward for quite some time.

"I'd like for Julio to move up a weight class. There is like a Kelly Pavlik there, who would be a great test for us. If we can get by guys like that, and he feels good at 168 - Ward would be on our schedule for sure," Roach told

But, there is another middleweight who wants a piece of the Chavez-Martinez winner - WBA/IBF champion Daniel Geale of Australia. Geale recently unified the titles with an upset decision over German star Felix Sturm.

If Chavez beats Martinez, Roach doesn't see a reason for a fight with Geale. He would prefer for Chavez to move up in weight.

"This is the biggest fight. The other guy...I know that name a little bit, but I've never seen him fight. He's not that popular. He wouldn't draw ten people. Would the fight be worth the risk - if [Julio] beats the perceived best middleweight in the world? No, I think we would have to go for bigger names than that," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jack Napier on 09-12-2012

screw the WBC, Chavez is fighting for Martinez' world title if Chavez beats Martinez, he's got nothing to prove vs Geale and it will probably be his last MW fight no matter what happens at any point, Ward would be…

Comment by jtcs1981 on 09-12-2012

If Chavez ever fights Ward we will see the same comments of why Chavez is getting more money. The kid is a real cash cow and will sell no matter what.

Comment by spsomething on 09-12-2012

interesting. wbc was just talking about stripping ward if he doesn't los the wba belt and roach is talking about moving up after this fight. maybe they strip ward before he decides and have a wbc vacant title fight, chavez…

Comment by mushahadeen on 09-12-2012

[QUOTE=brick wall;12503299]well if chavez jr will surprise everyone and beats martinez[/QUOTE] It would only be a surprise to casual fans. Sergio Martinez poses no threat to Chavez Jr. Why do you think Chavez is barely training? This is easy work.

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 09-12-2012

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;12503273]GBP/WBC would NEVER let this happen...jr couldn't win in MX...a true mismatch in skills...[/QUOTE] What are stupid??? what does GBP had to do with anything???? or are you just hating??? the only truth you spoken is that Ward would outclass…

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