Arum targeting Chavez-Pascal if Golovkin fight doesn't happen

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Arum says that if he can't make Chavez-Golovkin as previously hoped, he'd like to see Chavez go up to 175 to face Jean Pascal.

Just last week, it was reported that a potential HBO pay-per-view fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Gennady Golovkin was in the works for July 12, but now it appears that may not happen. If it does not, Chavez's promoter Bob Arum says he'd like to have Chavez move up to light heavyweight and face Jean Pascal.

Five days ago, Golovkin's team said they saw no issue with making a fight for July 12 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, but Golovkin is currently taking time away from the sport, mourning the passing of his father. He had been slated to face Andy Lee on April 26 on HBO. That fight could be rescheduled, which would leave Chavez without a dance partner for his next fight.

Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO) is a former light heavyweight champion who convincingly defeated Lucian Bute in January on HBO. Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KO) beat Bryan Vera in their March 1 rematch, also televised by HBO.

Arum says he'd promote Chavez-Pascal in Las Vegas or at Cowboys Stadium.

Is this a fight that interests you, and do you think Chavez will move up to 175 well?

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