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The son also rises

Updated: March 15, 2008, 7:48 PM ET
By Kieran Mulvaney

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET -- The son also rises

Top Rank kicked off the "feed-the-media" Saturday smorgasbord with a breakfast meet-and-greet with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The son of J.C. Superstar will be fighting Italian Michele Orlando on Top Rank's third "Latin Fury" card on April 26.

All you need to know about Orlando is that, notwithstanding alleged credentials as a former Italian and European champion, his most recent bout was a six round decision win and the one before that was an eight-rounder. As recently as July 2006, he was fighting the legendary Virgil Meleg, who boasted a record of 5-30-1. But Arum and Top Rank make no apologies for the way they are bringing Chavez along. Arum reminded journalists on Saturday morning that Chavez had virtually no amateur experience and that "he is learning on the fly as a pro."

For his part, Chavez Jr. confessed to being "a little embarrassed because of my last performance [when he struggled before stopping Jose Celaya] … I could have done better. I would like to vindicate myself, and on April 26, you will see the best Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. you have seen." -- Kieran Mulvaney

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