Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Q&A: Chavez Jr. corrects discipline problems, dicusses Martinez, Alvarez
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. insists that discipline problems are behind him, that he doesn't care about rival Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and that the time is right to beat middleweight champ Sergio Martinez, who he fights on Sept. 15.
Does Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. believe that he is getting under the skin of Sergio Martinez in advance of his WBC middleweight title defense against THE RING champion on Sept. 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas?
Does Chavez (46-0-1, 32 knockouts) believe that a fight will ever happen with fellow Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, owner of the WBC's junior middleweight belt?
Has Chavez learned from the drunk driving incident in January?
The 26-year-old son of the hall-of-fame Mexican legend answered those questions, and more, during a Q&A with RingTV.com.
Although he captured the WBC belt by dethroning Sebastian Zbik by majority decision in June of last year, Chavez addressed the fact that he's had to overcome discipline problems.
Arrested on Jan. 22 for allegedly driving drunk, Chavez struck a plea deal in mid-June, which granted him three years of probation and ordered him to to attend 30 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the latter of which he already had completed.
Despite his legal issue, Chavez successfullly defended his belt against Marco Antonio Rubio on Feb. 4 in San Antonio on HBO despite being in relatively bad shape and having to lose an astronomical amount of weight the day before the fight.
During an episode of "2 Day Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.," Chavez credited the addition of conditioning trainers Luis Cornejo and Vladimir Baldenebro, who, together with strength coach, Alex Ariza, are making the difference for the clash with Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs).
Chavez will try to end a winning streak of five straight fights that includes four knockouts by Martinez, a 37-year-old southpaw who will be making his first appearance in Las Vegas since February of 2000 when he was knocked out in the seventh round of a 148-pound bout by Mexican Antonio Margarito at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Yet Chavez was shown standing his ground, verbally, with Martinez this past Saturday night, when HBO debuted an intense version of Face Off With Max Kellerman: Chavez Jr.-Martinez. Click here for a preview video of HBO's Face Off, which will air multiple times on HBO and HBO2.
Chavez is meeting Martinez in an HBO Pay Per View-televised bout that will happen on the same night during which the 22-year-old Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) makes the fifth defense of his belt opposite Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime.
Chavez discussed all of the above and broached the idea of rising into the 168-pound division during this Q&A, below.
Interview translated by Top Rank's Ricardo Jiminez.
RingTV.com: Do you believe that the Face Off episode is evidence that you are getting into Martinez's head?
I think that he's finally realizing what it's going to be like to facing me. I think that it's finally dawned on him just how big of a fight this really is.
RingTV.com: Were you offended at all by what Martinez has said about your living through your father's legendary status and living in your father's shadow?
RingTV.com: What do you want your fans to know about your drunk driving incident?
We're all human. Mistakes are going to happen, and that was a big mistake on my part, but it will never happen again.
RingTV.com: Is it true what Roach said in "2 Days: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr." about your having to lose 16 pounds the day before facing Rubio, and if so, how much have you learned from those bad habits?
He's teaching us how to do the diet right and teaching us how to eat right and to eat properly. I had that problem last time, but I shouldn't have that problem this time.
RingTV.com: So are Cornejo, Baldenebro and Ariza all working together in this camp?
RingTV.com: What do you think of fighting on the same night as Alvarez, and do you see that as a potential distraction to your fans?
RingTV.com: Do you think that you will ever fight Alvarez, and, if so, how would such a fight go?
RingTV.com: Do you have a prediction for the Martinez fight, and, in victory, do you eventually plan on rising to super middleweight?
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