Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Lem's latest: Martinez guarded by armed security
In response to threats against him, RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is being guarded by an armed security force in advance of his Sept. 15 clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is being guarded daily by armed security personel in the wake of threats against him and an incident of weekend vandalisim.
The developments led to the cancelation of this past Tuesday's scheduled open workout for the media at Martinez's Oxnard-based training camp.
"We have 24/7 armed security around. They will be with us all the way up to the fight," said manager, Sampson Lewkowicz of Martinez (49-2-2, 28 knockouts), who is preparing to meet WBC belt-holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) on Sept. 15 at The Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
"Nothing else has changed in the training camp. We're still training in Ventura, Calif., but we just have very professional security people around us."
Lewkowicz and Martinez's promoter, said Lou DiBella, said they believe that the incident is isolated, although they deemed it necessary to take precautions. A police report has been filed, according to DiBella.
"There was paint on one of the cars, and on part of the house. We strongly believe that whoever did that is a human being with no tomorrow," said Lewkowicz, referring to the vandalism.
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MARCO HUCK DEFENDS AGAINST FIRAT ARSLAN ON NOV. 3
RING No. 1-rated cruiserweight Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) will defend his belt against Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs) in a clash of German-based fighters on Nov. 3 from the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
After losing February's disputed majority decision to WBA regular heavyweight beltholder Alexander Povetkin, Huck dropped back into the cruiserweight ranks, where he battled to a draw with Ola Afolabi in May in defense of his WBO title.
Huck had won 15 straight fights as a 200-pounder, including 11 by knockout, since falling by 12th-round stoppage to Steve Cunningham in December of 2007.
Huck had defended his crown against Afolabi by unanimous decision in December of 2009.
Arslan has won three of his past four fights by stoppage, but is coming off a draw with Alexander Alekseev in May.
"He is a real machine, constantly putting pressure on his opponents. Moreover, he is a southpaw," said Huck. "I will have to be in top condition."
UNBEATEN JORGE MAYSONET FIGHTS ON GENNADY GOLOVKIN-GRZEGORZ PROKSA CARD
Power punching junior welterweight Jorge "Machito" Maysonet, Jr. (8-0, 7 KOs), of Catano, Puerto Rico will face journeyman Bryan Abraham (6-13-2, 6 KOs), of Schenectady, N.Y., on the undercard of the HBO-televised main event between WBA middleweight belt-holder Gennady Golovkin and Grzegorz Proksa at The Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y.
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE RETURNS ON SEPT. 20
Southpaw middleweight Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (17-0, 12 KOs) will be after his fourth straight knockout when he headlines the 11th-annual Fight To Educate against an opponent to be determined on Sept. 20 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.
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