By Miguel Rivera
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32KOs) is not interested in facing his countryman, Gilberto Ramirez (34-0, 24KOs), who captured the WBO super middleweight title on Saturday night.
Ramirez made history by becoming the first Mexican fighter to capture a world title at 168-pounds with a twelve round unanimous decision over Arthur Abraham at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
If he can avoid it, Chavez does not want to fight another boxer from Sinaloa, Mexico.
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Ramirez, would be very interested in making that fight. He's wanted to make that fight since the time both boxers were promoted by his company. Chavez left Top Rank in 2014 and signed on with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions banner.
"Of course we can do that fight, in fact we like that fight, but we want to make sure that he doesn't want to keep fighting at heavyweight," Arum said. "If he can prove that he can make 168 pounds, then that's certainly a good possibility for Zurdo. If [Chavez] wants to get his ass kicked, we'll make the fight."
Chavez is more interested in fighting for the title of the World Boxing Council, which is held by Badou Jack - who defends the belt on April 30th against Lucian Bute.
"I have always said that my preference is the World Boxing Council title. I am happy that Zurdo won and hopefully he can make a lot of defenses and make a lot of money. To be honest the last thing I would like to do is fight with someone from my own land -but I also know that this is a sport, he has a belt and if people like [that fight] then we can do it," Chavez Jr. told ESPN Deportes.
"I can make 168 pounds and fight with anyone, [making the weight] is not a problem. I am already training again. I am going to start the strong stage [of training] and I hope to be back soon, but first I must congratulate Zurdo and Zápari (Jesus and Hector) for the achievement."