Top Rank Opposes September Fight for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr would be without Freddie Roach if he fights in September. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Top Rank's Bob Arum says that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has an HBO date on November 19 with Peter Manfredo Jr, but Top Rank won't be behind a September 24 fight for Chavez.

"If Fernando [Beltran of Zanfer Promotions] and Chavez decide to take a fight in September, then that's fine. We give them permission, but we're not going to be involved. That's as far as it goes," said Arum. "… We have told him that we're against it because Freddie doesn't have the time."

Chavez (43-0-1, 30 KO) wants to fight Ronald Hearns, Nobuhiro Ishida, Bryan Vera or David Medina in September, but two of those fighters are not happening. Vera is facing Andy Lee on October 1 on HBO, while Hearns has said he can't come back from injury in time. That would leave Ishida (23-6-2, 8 KO) or Medina (23-2, 11 KO), both limited fighters who don't really qualify as title challengers, but then Chavez doesn't really qualify as a "champion," either.

If he fought on September 24, Chavez would have to work without trainer Freddie Roach or conditioning coach Alex Ariza, as those two will be working with Manny Pacquiao for his November 12 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. The message here is that while Chavez is indeed a cash cow, he's definitely not Manny Pacquiao, and as long as Top Rank, Roach and Ariza are in the Manny Pacquiao business, he will always come first, even though Chavez, despite limited skills, is in fact a star attraction.

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