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Chavez Jr. sets course toward Martinez
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could face RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez later this year.
Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum told RingTV.com on Wednesday that he would like WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to make a defense of his belt in June, with an eye toward facing RING champion Sergio Martinez in September.
Chavez (45-0-1, 31 knockouts) successfully defended his title by unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Rubio on Feb. 4, after which Chavez's manager, Billy Keane, initially told RingTV.com that he did not anticipate the 26-year-old son of the Mexican champion by the same name to return to the ring until September.
Keane had also listed potential rivals to be Vanes Martirosyan, Andy Lee and James Kirkland, although Chavez's trainer, Freddie Roach, said he favored either Martinez or an all-Mexican clash opposite unbeaten WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
"He's got to fight a fight in June, first. It will either be Vanes or Andy Lee. And then, he'll fight Martinenz," said Arum. "We believe that he's quite prepared, and Fernando is meeting with him this week."
On Wednesday, Keane had narrowed his preferance even further.
"We want one fight to happen before Sergio, and that was supposed to happen in June. Vanes is our No. 1, and HBO's No. 1. Hopefully, we can come to terms, unless he's really unreasonable with money," said Keane.
DiBella, meanwhile, said he has not spoken in detail with Top Rank or Beltran.
"I have heard nothing from Arum about Martinez, and I have heard nothing from Arum about Lee. I have heard nothing from Top Rank, and I'm waiting to hear from them. That's the status," said DiBella.
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