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WBC rules Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. must face Sergio Martinez next

By Dan Ambrose: At the WBC’s 49th annual convention the WBC determined that World Boxing Council middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO’s) must face former WBC middleweight champ Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KO’s) unless Chavez Jr. and Martinez can agree to fight other opponents rather than each other.

In addition, Chavez Jr. must also face his No.1 ranked challenger Marco Antonio Rubio by June of 2012 or else be stripped of his title. According to, Chavez Jr. could vacate his WBC title rather than risk getting knocked out by Martinez in order to fight fellow Top Rank fighter WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. This is the fight that Bob Arum wants to take place next.

It’s up to Cotto if he’s agreeable to it otherwise Chavez Jr. and Arum will have to decide whether it’s worth it or not to fight Martinez. Given that Chavez Jr. stands no chance against Martinez, it’s highly doubtful that Arum will agree to let Chavez fight Martinez. More likely will be Chavez Jr. vacating his title and possibly going after one of the weaker middleweight champions like IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale or WBA champion Felix Sturm.

Both of those guys are very beatable. Sturm is on the downslide of his career and Geale has no power and just bounces around. Arum won’t put Chavez Jr. in with the regular WBA champion Gennady Golovkin because he’s got one-punch power and he’d have too many opportunities to knock Chavez Jr. out due to his lack of defensive skills.

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