Pavlik: I know I can beat Chavez Jr.
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KO’s) got the opportunity to see the recent fight of fellow Top Rank fighter WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO’s) in his bout against previous Pavlik victim Marco Antonio Rubio and Pavlik came away completely unimpressed with what he saw of the young 25-year-old Chavez Jr.
Pavlik told examiner.com writer Igor Frank, when asked if he could beat Chavez Jr. “I don’t think, I know I can. I am not impressed with him at all. I wish Rubio would have done a little more. He fought a little scared. But no, Chavez didn’t impress me at all.”
Don’t hold your breath waiting for Top Rank president Bob Arum to match his two fighters Pavlik and Chavez Jr. against each other because it’s probably never going to happen unless Pavlik continues his slide downhill. Chavez Jr. is a big money maker for Arum in bringing in huge amounts of Mexican fans in his fights in Texas, and Chavez Jr. also brings in big ratings on HBO.
It’s not hard to imagine that the days of seeing Chavez Jr. fight for free on HBO are soon going to be coming to an end, as Arum will likely have Chavez’s fights as pay per view bouts in the near future. You can’t the same thing for Pavlik unfortunately. He doesn’t bring in huge audiences live and he doesn’t attract the same ratings for his fights on HBO. He’s a fairly popular fighter, but he just wasn’t blessed with a famous champion father like Chavez Jr. with his father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. blazing a trail in front of him.
Chavez Jr. has a lot of fans simply because of fans of his father, and he gets the ratings and the tickets sold rather passively without having to accomplish a lot in terms of fighting and beating quality opposition.
Pavlik would likely give Chavez Jr. a terrible beating if they were to fight. It couldn’t happen at 160 because Pavlik can no longer make this weight, but it shouldn’t be a problem for Chavez Jr. because he’s been coming into his fights weighing 180 in the last three fights.
Chavez Jr. would still have a big weight advantage over Pavlik if they were to fight, but it would be useless weight that wouldn’t help him. If Chavez Jr. tried to bully Pavlik the way he did Rubio, Chavez Jr. would get his head taken off. It wouldn’t even be a fight. I think Arum knows that and that’s why you’ll never see this fight get made despite the fact that it would make a lot of sense given the two fighters fighting for the same promotional company and being around the same weight class. Arum won’t let Pavlik fight Chavez Jr. because he’d ruin the revenue stream by beating Chavez Jr. badly. HBO would then likely stop showing his fights and the tickets wouldn’t be selling like they once did for Chavez Jr.