Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Martinez–Chavez Jr. Is NOT Set Yet
Sergio Martinez, the WBC Diamond Belt Champion and a title fight with WBC middleweight champion Julio Chavez Jr. is not definite as had been reported Thursday. The WBC also announced that mandatory defense for Chavez, but the politics got involved when Lou DiBella, promoter of Martinez influenced their decision.
Chavez has been rumored to take on Marco Antonio Rubio, Canelo Alvarez, or it could be James Kirkland or Carlos Molina. Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum, from all reports are not going to put Chavez in the ring with Martinez at any time soon. DiBella stated after the last Martinez title defense over Darren Barker, that he would no longer chase Arum for a fight with one of the champions in the Top Rank stable.
That includes Cotto or Chavez, and DiBella has been advocating that it is time for Martinez to be in big money fights. The answer to who will be the next opponent for Martinez will come Monday in New York City. DiBella has set a noon press sit down with Martinez and the media to discuss the next opponent, and it does not mean it will be Chavez Jr. for a March HBO date.