Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Team Rubio Delighted: In Line For Martinez-Murray Winner

By Jake Donovan

Marco Antonio Rubio was already planning on making a statement in this weekend’s stay-busy appearance against Marcus Upshaw.  Even more incentive is now offered to keep winning.

The WBC announced on Thursday that the middleweight will be reinstated as the mandatory challenger, contingent upon his getting past Upshaw on Saturday evening in Uruapan, Mexico.

The ruling comes from a protest filed more than a year ago, following the absence of drug testing in Rubio’s title fight loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last February in San Antonio, Texas. The Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) issued a Consent Award in Rubio’s favor, allowing him to return to his original ranking prior to entering the ring against Chavez Jr.

“We are pleased with the decision,” said Oswaldo Kuchle, Rubio’s promoter. “We were unhappy with the way things turned out after that fight, but had faith in the legal system. Justice has been served.”

Rubio (56-6-1, 49KO) was riding a 10-fight win streak prior to the failed title bid and enters this weekend having won three in a row. His showdown with Upshaw will come in front of a sold-out Centro de Espectáculos “La Macarena”venue in Uruapan.

With a win, the Mexican veteran will get to pick up exactly where he left off and already has designs on his next target.

“I want another title shot with anyone out there at 160,” said Rubio. “I will be reinstated at number one in the WBC rankings if I win on Saturday.”

Such a ranking puts him in line for the winner of the April 27 bout between lineal middleweight king Sergio Martinez and Martin Murray. When exactly his turn will come remains to be seen, but Rubio and his handlers have learned that patience is a virtue.

“Maybe he will fight one more time and then we will just wait for the WBC title shot,” Kuchle suggests. “Martinez can fight in April and then (if he beats Murray) he has to challenge Rubio.”

Given the ruling, there stands little chance that the WBC would dare invent a reason to justify not enforcing such a fight. The organization’s public comments suggest their readiness to play ball.

“The WBC has been a longtime supporter of Rubio’s career and considers it fair that Rubio receive another opportunity to fight for the WBC green and gold belt while all anti-doping protocols are dutifully followed,” said a WBC spokesperson in a statement.

The irony in the ruling is that it comes after Chavez Jr. failed a drug test in his last fight, a points loss to Martinez last September. The second generation titlist was way down on the scorecards before rallying to drop and nearly stop Martinez in the final minute of the fight.

The late surge wasn’t enough to overcome the insurmountable deficit on the scorecards. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, as a win would have been overturned due to his testing positive for marijuana. Chavez Jr. received a nine-month suspension and a hefty fine. He is due to return to the ring in June, with Top Rank in the process of securing an HBO date for the occasion.

Last September’s fallout at the lab marked the second time Chavez Jr. failed a drug test. Both instances came in his last two trips to a Vegas ring, having tested positive for a banned diuretic in a Nov. ’09 middleweight fight with Troy Rowland.

Following the financial success of last year’s blockbuster fight with Martinez, the hope to was march towards a rematch later this year. There’s no chance of Rubio allowing that to happen, at least not until he gets his title shot. A chance at redemption is also on his mind, but only if all parties involved can guarantee a level playing field.

“We would love to fight Chavez again, but obviously with  a proper anti-doping protocol,” comments Kuchle.
 
Rubio’s middleweight bout with Upshaw on Saturday evening airs live on Televisa in Mexico.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PulpFriction on 03-22-2013

No way does martinez fight rubio next, rematch with julio in fall.

Comment by -NAV- on 03-22-2013

...............................................

Comment by Good Boy on 03-22-2013

Martinez is already making well over a million a fight... why not make it worth the fans while? fcking Rubio......

Comment by Jloro on 03-22-2013

lol some people need to rethink their statements

Comment by IronDanHamza on 03-22-2013

[QUOTE=1PunchKOPOW!;13172599]There you have it. And yes Im one of THOSE people and you're THE other kind. Whining about a 40 year old man trying to get his money. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] It's the truth. Murray shouldn't be…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (40)
Top Headlines Saunders: Eubank Jr. is Never, Ever Going To Be a World Beater! Wilder: I've Been Calling Out Anthony Joshua For Almost 2 Years! Bradley Skeete vs. Kerman Lejarraga For EBU Belt on March 24 Frederik Hede Jensen Set For Next Fight on March 10 Mikhalkin: It Was Inevitable For Me and Sergey Kovalev To Fight Duva Expects Good Crowd on Night of Competing Cards in NY Alexander Manager: After Robbery - We Want Danny Garcia Next! Rios Hopes 'I Don’t Get Back Down to F***ing Gutter' After Loss Abel Sanchez: Golovkin Turned 'Runner' Canelo into Mayweather! Lucas Browne: I Want a Good, Bloody Fight Against Whyte! Moses Not Happy With Scores, Wants Rematch With Ray Beltran Holzken Warns Callum Smith: Be Ready, I'm Coming To Beat You! Wilder To Luis Ortiz: I'm Gonna Beat Your Ass, You're Going Down! Mikael Zewski Drops, Decisions Jose de Jesus Macias Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken in Play For WBSS Clash Callum Smith To Fight New Opponent, Braehmer Withdraws Thurman: Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia Are Real Salty Right Now! Luis Nery Leaves For Japan, Vows To Knock Yamanaka Out Promoter: Superfly encore will pick up where 'Chocolatito' left off Arum: Pacquiao-Matthysse Can Happen Later, But Not in April Mariana Juarez Continues Run, Retains WBC Belt in Mexico City Chocolatito's Manager Firm on May Return, Rules Out Nietes Gary Russell Jr. vs. Joseph Diaz - The Ball is Already Rolling Linares: I'm Confident That I Can Beat Lomachenko! Juan Francisco Estrada Will Aim To Knock Sor Rungvisai Out Arum: I Really Think Joshua's Chin is Suspect, Parker Could KO Him Ricardo Mayorga Hits Texas To Begin Camp For April Return Kell Brook Admits He Hit 'Rock Bottom' After Spence, GGG Losses Eubank Sr. To Eubank Jr. - The Decision Was The Right Decision Imre Szello Got Revenge on Denis Grachev in Hungary George Groves: Eubank Jr. Should Try Something Else, or Perform WBC Welterweight Tournament - Eight Fighters Announced Frank Warren is Eager To Do Billy Joe Saunders vs. George Groves Daigo Higa, Ken Shiro Title Bouts Added To Murata-Blandamura Bellew Urges Eubank Jr. To Make Big Changes After Groves Loss Humberto Velazco With Big KO Win Over Thomas Williams Jr. Weekend Review: Groves Proves His Level, Eubank Jr. Sinks Bivol Believes Barrera's Reason for Picking Him Over Kovalev Porter To Thurman: You Ran in Our Fight & You're Still Running! Garcia on Spence: I Don’t Duck Nobody; It'll Eventually Happen
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement