Buried among the rigmarole surrounding Antonio Margarito's now finally licensed eye, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., the prodigal son of his Hall of Fame father, defeated the semi-retired (and now likely permanently retired) Peter Manfredo Jr. last Saturday night. The result was expected; less so was trainer Freddie Roach's assertion that Chavez, based on this performance, is capable of dispatching middleweight sultan Sergio Martinez.
"[Chavez] can kick [Martinez's] a-- right now, in my opinion," Roach told Boxing Scene's Chris LaBate. "I don't think he's a great fighter. He's a great athlete, I'll give him that. But he's not a great fighter."
Roach has recently developed a habit of making predictions that have gone awry (a Marquez knockout for one), but this one is downright outlandish. Chavez did look impressive in this latest performance, but against limited opposition. It was a credible win against a game but faded fighter.
Perhaps triumphs over more established middleweights such as Andy Lee and Matthew Macklin would add credence to the assertion that Chavez has what it takes to vanquish Martinez, widely regarded as the third-best fighter on the planet. But for now, Chavez remains one half of a duo of arguably overprotected middleweight Mexican fighters.
Froch desperate for vengeance
Carl Froch is a confident man. After the December Super Six Final concludes and the brash Englishman emerges victorious over favorite Andre Ward (as Froch is certain he will), he has only one opponent in mind: Mikkel Kessler, the one man who has beaten Froch.
"To fight Kessler means something, too, especially as I don't believe he beat me," Froch told The Daily Mail.
It's clearly an arrangement that Kessler's own promoter, Kalle Sauerland, is keen to set up.
"I believe that Kessler-Froch Part I was a classic, and that a second or even a third part would be justified,” Sauerland said.
"We would love that fight at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen and we will make the biggest offer ever to a super middleweight boxer to make that fight."
Quote of the week
Every time I fight, I put on a problem, man. You can always expect fireworks and that's what [I] bring. It's not even the Fourth of July yet, man. Every day is Independence Day in the gym for me. I'm a seasonal Fourth of July.” --