Friday, September 14, 2012
Dunkin likes Chavez to beat Martinez
By Michael Woods
Boxing fans in the NYC area have to be pumped about the influx of compelling cards in the area in coming months. The Oct. 20 Golden Boy date at Barclays, headed up by Danny Garcia-Erik Morales II, will be followed by a date at Madison Square Garden, topped by Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout, on Dec. 1.
Manager Cameron Dunkin, who advises Nonito Donaire and Tim Bradley, who is coming off a controversial win over Manny Pacquiao in June, tells NYFightblog that he wants to bring Bradley to NY, probably to the MSG Theater, in late November or mid-December, for a bout which would run on HBO.
Bradley was second runner-up for the next Pacquiao fight, which is to unfold Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, quite likely against Juan Manuel Marquez. Dunkin told us he's fine with not getting the Pacman rematch, and thinks Bradley's brand can be well served by a NY date, which will raise his profile that much more. I asked Dunkin who he likes in tomorrow's middleweight scrum, Sergio Martinez or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and his answer surprised me.
"I'm picking Chavez," the Las Vegas dealmaker said. "I thinks he beats the s---out of him. I think he's gonna rise to the occasion."
Seeing and hearing Chavez's intensity in the leadup to the event, a defense of Junior's WBC middleweight title -- and his reputation, to those who maintain he has been built up because his dad is Mexico's top all-time fighter -- convinced Dunkin. "It made my blood run cold," he said.