Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Dib-Gradovich on March 1?
IBF featherweight beltholder Billy Dib could defend his title against Russian Evgeny Gradovich, who would fill the void left by the withdrawal of Luis Franco.
"The fight is not made yet," said Arum. "But we're trying to make it."
Dib (35-1, 21 knockouts) was "disappointed and shocked" by the news of the withdrawal of Luis Franco (11-1, 7 KOs) from a scheduled bout that was slated for the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Conn.
Dib, who will be making the third defense of his belt, fights under rapper-turned-boxing-promoter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson's SMS Promotions and will be in his first fight in America since his lone professional defeat to Steven Luevano in 2008.
Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), who is 26, is coming off December's seventh-round knockout victory over Willie Villanueva.
"Gradovich has fought on a number of our cards in California," said Arum. "He's a crowd-pleasing fighter because he's an all-action fighter. The fans love him."
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