Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is not ready for Sergio Martinez according to Bob Arum. Frankly, I don't think he'll ever be ready. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
This piece of news may come as a shock to most of you, but to try to keep it together. Bob Arum wants to wait at least two fights before letting him get a shot a Sergio Martinez according to Bob Velin of USA Today. No, Arum isn't using the ‘we need to let the fight marinate' excuse. This time he is using a ‘he is making progress' excuse.
"Obviously, Chavez is going to end up fighting Martinez. I think they know that," Arum said. "But he's not going to fight him next. You have to understand, Chavez is getting better and better, but there's still room for improvement, there's still stuff that Freddie wants to see.
"I would think Chavez would have two more fights and then fight Martinez."
"It's stupid to take a kid like Chavez and throw him in before my matchmakers and Freddie agree he's ready. He's getting there. If he wasn't getting there, we'd probably say, 'What the hell, what have we got to lose? But he is getting there, and I was very, very impressed with him in the last fight."
Of course this statement is in direct contradiction with the statement that Junior will be the world's best middleweight by 2012. Also, this type of talk makes sense when you are talking about a young prospect, but Junior is going to be turning 26 this week. He has had 46 professional fights and is a titleholder, do you really think there is going to be a huge improvement from his current level. I know Freddie Roach helps fighters get better but he isn't a miracle worker. Clearly, the Top Rank team is waiting for Martinez to get older and is avoiding the other challenges in the division. Chavez and Arum are leaning toward a fight with Andy Lee who is coming off of a victory over Brian Vera, avenging his only loss.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad is this excuse from Bob Arum?