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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Dismisses Canelo Alvarez

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A press rivalry between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Saul Alvarez might be about to kick off. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
A press rivalry between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Saul Alvarez might be about to kick off. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Speaking with Sal Rodriguez of Record, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr dismissed talk of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. The two young Mexican stars have been mentioned as future opponents, but Chavez says there's no point in talking about it now. Here's a translation from BoxingScene.com:

"Please, they have to be serious. They are not in position on setting the conditions or stating who will particpate in the fight. The fight concerns everyone. It's not worth the time to make any statements [in return], because we know [the fight] won't happen," Chavez told Sal Rodriguez.

"First, [Alvarez] should show how good he can be with fighters his own age, who are competitive, that people have seen, and he can earn his respect and then we can talk."

I'll let you take in this bold talk from the guy who got gifted a win against Matt Vanda and has never fought a real top fighter, whose path to the top has been even more aided and pushed along than that of Alvarez (who has received plenty of hype and help himself), and who has very little respect outside of a fanbase that follows him mostly because of his father's name. Now think about all of that for a moment.

Fact is, yes Alvarez has been matched specifically against a certain type of fighter. But Chavez has been matched even softer. If you want to give him major credit for Sebastian Zbik, then fine, but go back and watch Zbik's own softie career pre-Chavez and keep in mind he was at the least highly competitive with Junior.

I mean, it's just talk, and someday these two are going to have a big damn deal of a fight, and we'll all have a good time because faults and all, both are fairly fun guys to watch fight, and they're both legit stars who are drawing viewers to their fights in Mexico and the United States. But it's almost comical to read Junior Chavez poking holes in anyone else's record, let alone a guy five years his junior who already has a better resume and never slogged through a fight with Troy Rowland.

I think we can expect a lot of back-and-forth like this over the next few years, though. Eventually, it could get really fun.