“Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr: Why, Oh Why?”

By Marc Livitz“Say it ain’t so”, says Mexico.Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. boxing image / photo

After witnessing one of the most memorable displays of sheer guts and chutzpah in recent boxing memory, someone just had to spill the coffee even though the warning to mind the hot water was in plain view.

Provided the just surfaced reports are correct, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. hopefully has Plaxico Burress on speed dial. Signs are pointing to a failed drug test following this past Saturday night’s grandiose contribution to pugilistic lore.

There are momentary lapses of reason and there is also outright stupefaction at its finest. If the son of the legend from Culiacan did in fact test positive for marijuana, then a bit more is explained in terms of some of his punches sailing wider than a Buffalo Bills missed field goal, as well as his impressive pain threshold.

Those from the nation of sky high aren’t usually the most combative of chaps. Nevertheless since ESPN graciously gives us “Friday Night Fights” each year, then perhaps boxing can have its own rendition of “C’mon, Man!”.

We don’t even have to wait for HBO to replay the fight this coming Saturday evening.


Chavez Jr. tests positive for Marijuana, rematch with Sergio Martinez may be delayed

Chavez Jr-Martinez, Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Sergio Martinez boxing image / photoBy Michael Collins: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) has allegedly tested positive for Marijuana in his drug test following his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) last Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chavez Jr. now faces a possible suspension of up to a 1 year as well as a possible forfeiture of his entire $3 million purse for the Martinez fight, according to RingTV.

If the positive drug test is confirmed for Chavez Jr. then his rematch with Martinez might not happen until well into next year if even then. Chavez Jr. tested positive for a Diuretic in 2009 following his win over Troy Rowland. Chavez Jr. received a 7 month suspension for that fight.

It’s likely that Chavez Jr’ will receive a longer suspension if the positive Marijuana tests are confirmed. Chavez Jr. also arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this year on January 22nd, one week before his title defense against Marco Antonio Rubio. Chavez Jr. performed well in that fight despite the alcohol related infraction.


Don “War a Week” Chargin: “Canelo Alvarez is ready to fight the best in boxing”

Saul Alvarez boxing image / photo(Photo credit: Adrian Hernandez) By Joseph Herron: While many fight scribes and boxing fans have criticized Canelo Alvarez’s seemingly soft road to the World Boxing Council (WBC) Junior Middlweight Championship, Hall of Fame matchmaker and promoter Don “War a Week” Chargin claims that the careful matchmaking of Golden Boy Promotions has been a necessary part of the young fighter’s maturation process.

As a special adviser to Golden Boy Promotions, the great Don Chargin was authorized to oversee any and all opposition placed in front of the 22 year old phenom. And after many cautious maneuvers to properly cultivate Canelo’s confidence and skill level, the legendary boxing pundit has finally deemed Saul Alvarez fit to wreak havoc on the entire Junior Middleweight division.

“Sometimes you have to protect a fearless fighter like Canelo from himself,” professes the six decade boxing proponent. “He wants to fight the best fighters available. Canelo has stated adamantly that he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto; and up until September 15th, I was always very hesitant about it…but not anymore.”


Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV: is it just for the Money?

Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao boxing image / photoBy Robert Jackson: Since 2004 up until the present, fight fans around the world have been treated to 3 fights between antagonists Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez; and since 2004 neither man has separated himself from the other. All 3 fights followed the same script, and with the exception of 3 knockdowns – they were close give and take fights with Pacquiao doing the fighting and Marquez doing the boxing.

In many fight fans and critics eyes this 4th fight is unnecessary and not needed; what will they prove? Both men are claiming that they will KO the other but at this point it seems as if a silent agreement has been made between these two. Fight #4 could turn out to be another sparring session where one fighter defends while the other fighter tries to get his punches in and then they’ll switch roles.

The tempo and pace will be the same like it’s always been: high speed chess (they’ll try), and at fight’s end half of the observers will claim Pacquiao as the victor the other ½ will claim Marquez. And don’t forget the judging that many would say has been awful, where valid arguments could be made that any of the 3 fights could’ve been scored another way.


Robert Garcia: “Maybe Freddie Roach should have been more assertive, but Chavez Jr. is to blame for losing to Martinez”

Robert Garcia boxing image / photoBy Joseph Herron – After elite level trainer Robert Garcia’s Welterweight contender, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, took care of business in spectacular fashion on September 15th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the coveted boxing coach took a short trip to the famed Thomas & Mack Center to take in Top Rank’s main event of the evening between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.

“Right after Maidana’s fight, I had tickets to the Chavez/Maravilla fight,” admits Robert Garcia. “So I took a cab to go see Chavez and Martinez, because I just knew it was going to be a great fight.”

Although the expert trainer initially predicted a big Chavez victory on Saturday night, Robert could see that the rumors out of Vegas were true concerning Junior’s lack of time spent in the gym.

“I did predict Chavez to win the fight; and if he would have listened to Freddie Roach and did what he supposed to do in the gym, I have no doubt that he would have won the fight. But he waited too long let his hands go and showed Martinez too much respect throughout the entire fight.”

“He gave Maravilla too much space and basically gave the fight away. When Junior finally listened to his corner and started executing the game plan, he almost knocked him out.”


Terrell Williams Interview

By Chris Straight – Like many other fighters… welterweight Terrell Williams (6-0-5 KO’s) followed his brother into the gym. Dwain “Tyger” Williams was a California State Middleweight Champion in the last decade, and the first in his family to box. However, the elder Williams was done as a boxer before he turned 24. His brother was just turning pro around the same age. The younger Williams may have come to boxing early, but like many, left and came back to it later. Although he is the youngest of 6 children, he has been forging his own path ever since. Chris Strait of www.convictedartist.com talked with the young prospect, prior to his fight September 20, 2012 at Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, CA.


Miguel Diaz Q & A

This Friday Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Miguel Diaz (9-0, 4 KO’s) will enter the ring and take on tough Texan Joseph Rios (11-7-2, 4 KOs). As the main event of the evening on Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “PATH to GLORY”, the flyweights will engage in an 8-round battle to reign supreme.

Tickets for “PATH TO GLORY” are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.


Manny Pacquiao vs. JM Marquez IV: Will cuatro “sinko” at the bank?

Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao, Pacquiao vs. Marquez boxing image / photoBy Joseph Herron / On December 8th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) will attempt to defeat Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) for a third consecutive time.

Although every meeting between the two future Hall of Famers have been riddled with controversy, the all time great trilogy has given fight fans around the world many memorable flashes of elite level action.

Despite the popularity of both fighters, most fight fans are divided regarding their support of the scheduled event. But realistically, what choices were Pacquiao and Top Rank left with?

Whereas most casual and die-hard fight fans are in agreement concerning whom they would prefer to see Pacquiao face in the ring on December 8th, that distinction has never been solely on the shoulders of Manny or the Top Rank brass; contrary to popular belief.

And while Palm Springs resident Tim Bradley won the Pac-Man’s WBO Welterweight title this past June, most fight fans are in congruence regarding the validity of the controversial “Split Decision” victory. Even after two consecutive losses to Pacquiao, a fourth bout with JMM still holds more credibility with the boxing faithful than a rematch with the current Welterweight title holder.