Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Lem's latest: Martinez vs. Murray on April 27 in Argentina
RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez will face Martin Murray on April 27 with an eye toward a rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September.
RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez will face unbeaten Martin Murray, of England, on April 27 in his native Argentina on HBO with plans to "pursue a rematch" on Sept. 14 against Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., the man he dethroned as WBC titleholder by unanimous decision in September, according to Martinez's advisor, Sampson Lewkowicz.
Martinez (50-2-2, 28 knockouts) underwent successful surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee earlier this month, an injury that was suffered during his win over Chavez, who floored him in the 12th round.
Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs), who is 30, is coming off his second consecutive victory represented by this past Saturday's sixth-round knockout of Venezuela's Jorge Navarro (12-1, 10 KOs) for the WBA's interim belt.
Murray, who ended Navarro's streak of three consecutive stoppage wins, battled to a disputed draw against then-WBA titleholder Felix Sturm in December of last year.
Martinez has vowed to impress Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner, who made "a direct call from Argentina to Spain," said Lewkowicz.
VLADIMIR BAEZ, VICTOR CAYO CLASH IN ALL-DOMINICAN CLASH
Hammer-fisted junior welterweights Vladimir Baez and Victor "Mermelada" Cayo will clash in a Dec. 17 slugfest that is being promoted by Sampson Boxing and Manguita Promotions at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
SHOULD ROBERT GUERRERO BE CONSIDERED FOR FIGHTER OF THE YEAR?
Interim WBC welterweight beltholders such as Robert Guerrero may have thrust himself into contention for Fighter of The Year honors.
Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) jumped two weight classes to win consecutive 147-pound bouts over previously unbeaten Selcuk Aydin and two-time titleholder Andre Berto, running his undefeated streak to 15 with nine stoppage wins during that time.
Guerrero overcame two, former Olympians with a combined record of 51-1, with 39 knockouts in Aydin and Berto. Scores against Aydin were 116-112, twice, and, 117-111, while all three of those against Berto read, 116-110.
"I think that, when you put things in perspective, and you look at how many guys have jumped up two weight classes, the list is very narrow. You take a Sugar Shane Mosley who did it, and you take like a Roy Jones Jr., and that's a Who's Who of guys because it just doesn't happen," said Guerrero's co-manager, Bob Santos.
"To skip a weight class, and to realize that he came in off of a 15-month layoff during which he had shoulder surgery and went right into that weight class and fought two, full-fledged welterweights in their prime? No catchweights? I think what he accomplished this year is second-to-none. I don't think that anybody else in boxing can say that they did what Robert Guerrero did the way that he did it."
"As I said to the media following last Saturday's win by Robert Guerrero over Andre Berto, that I'm going to see if Robert can get that Mayweather fight," said Schaefer during an interview with RingTV.com.
"Robert really wants that Mayweather fight, and so I'm going to see what I can do. I've already started negotiations for the Guerrero fighting Mayweather, so we'll see where it's going to end."
FILIPINO BANTAMWEIGHT GLENN PORRAS MEETS JOSE NIEVES
"I'm ready to represent my country of the Philippines when I fight for the second time the United States," said Porras. "I feel that my career is about to take off with my promoter Gary Shaw. Together, I know we can go far. I'll be ready for a world title shot in 2013."
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