Chavez Jr: Haymon and Keane setting up next fight for early 2015
Former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has a three man team on the case to secure his next opponent, but none of the trio in question happens to be Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
Chavez, 28, has been in career limbo since his March rematch victory over Brian Vera having been embroiled in a contract dispute with Arum, who says the Mexican has one fight left under his stewardship.
This is not the case, according to Chavez, who has now sought the help of renowned boxing figure Al Haymon and insists that he is free to negotiate his next bout without any influence from Arum.
“I want to give all my fans an update on my boxing future,” said Chavez Jr.
“I had a great meeting on Friday with my team of lawyer Howard Weitzman, my manager Al Haymon and Billy Keane.
“They have begun the process of setting up my next fight, which will occur in early 2015.
“We are looking at a number of top opponents because I only want to fight the best moving forward. The details of my next fight will be finalized in the very near future. So stay tuned.
“I want to thank all my fans for their support and I can’t wait to get back to fighting. You’ll be seeing a lot of me in the ring in 2015.”
The frontrunner to face Chavez at this time is WBA and IBF super-middleweight title holder Carl Froch who has made no secret of the fact that he wants to defend his belts in Las Vegas before he considers retirement.
Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn has gone public with the fact that he is also keen to make a deal with Chavez for a US clash next year, although a possible date of January 31 looks to be off the table due to the time constraints involved.
Arum on the other hand is set to oppose any negotiations between Chavez and Froch that do not involve Top Rank, with the hope that a court will rule in his favour that the second generation fighter must honour an agreement the veteran promoter says is currently in place.
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