Bob Arum is giddy about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr's performance last Saturday in San Antonio against Marco Antonio Rubio, and says that during the course of this year, he'll become the best middleweight in the world.
"You saw a guy who started as a kid become a man. In a few more months and a little better training camp where he isn't just taking off the weight, he will beat any middleweight in the world. Any middleweight. Martinez, Margarito, Cotto, any of them," exclaimed Arum.
Well, Arum did actually name one middleweight (Martinez) there, so I guess that's something. Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto are blown up welterweights fighting at junior middleweight, with one of them (Margarito) not even fighting well. Saying that Chavez could beat Margarito isn't exactly a big statement at this point. Why not mention Ricardo Mayorga, too?
Chavez (45-0-1, 31 KO) has definitely gotten better, but Arum's would-be asterisk there is the big deal: He has to start staying in shape, which by all accounts he does not. That's what most everyone believes truly canceled a fight in September against Ronald Hearns, in a camp that did not include Freddie Roach or much from Alex Ariza. And that's why Chavez so mightily struggled to make 160 against Rubio.