Tuesday, 14 January 2014 04:00

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: Gennady Golovkin and Andre Ward would rather fight him than each other

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Is Julio Cesar Chavez (47-1-1, 32 KOs), minus Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto, the most sought after opponent in boxing?
Based on their recent comments, two undefeated, highly-regarded champions, RING Magazine Super Middleweight king Andre Ward and WBA Middleweight belt holder Gennady Golovkin, would rather fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr next than each other.

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In an interview earlier this week with the distinguished boxing website FightHype, Golovkin, when asked about fighting boxing's No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter, stated:



"I respect Andre. He is a great champion. [But] My focus is for 160 right now because I have a lot of champions..."

"I hope, in the future, this fight will happen...I think Julio Cesar Chavez... He is a great opponent."


"He's a great champion and just he has a big name."

Like him or not, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is a big name and Chavez Jr vs Ward or Golovkin would generate widespread interest and, subsequently, healthy revenue.

Expected to yield only 250,000 pay-per-view (PPV) buys, Sergio Martinez vs Chavez Jr (Sep 2012) purportedly garnered a whopping 450,000 to 500,000 sales. As a result, Chavez was on Martinez's radar, too, until the Argentine had a change of heart last fall.

With Chavez now fighting and super middleweight and Martinez seemingly out of the Chavez Jr Sweepstakes, Andre Ward, fresh off his impressive points win over Edwin Rodriguez in November, made no secret about his intentions to get Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in the ring.

Ward said of a potential bout with Chavez Jr:

"I just think if you talk about a 'now' pay-per-view, I think that's a 'now' pay-per-view," Ward said. "I think the only two 'now' pay-per-views that I have right now -- maybe I'm wrong, and I gotta see who's out there -- is probably Bernard Hopkins and Chavez Jr."

And while Andre Ward vs Gennady Golovkin is a hardcore fight fan's dream, the principles understand a Ward vs Golovkin bout hasn't matured yet. 

Despite their glowing credentials, they lack the mainstream name recognition to sell a high stakes PPV.  As a result, such a bout, at least today, would be a high-risk/low-reward endeavor for both fighters.

Conversely, Julio Cesar Chavez, a former WBC Middleweight Champion, no longer owns a world title and hasn't looked good in his two most recent outings but has a recognizable name and generates interest. 

He's the son of a legend, and is crowd-pleasing inside the ring and controversial outside it.

Those elements, along with the buzz he creates in the Mexican and Mexican-American communities - tremendous hubs for the sport - make him a 'fighter of great interest.'


If Julio Cesar Chavez defeats Brian Vera in their March 1 rematch and redeems himself of his lackluster performance last fall, who will win the proverbial Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Sweepstakes?
 

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