Junior Chavez & the All Stars

By Robert Ecksel on April 20, 2015
Junior Chavez & the All Stars
Arum said Chavez “is very, very spoiled, very, very entitled and he got what he deserved.”

If there’s justice in boxing, and that’s a very big if, the judge, jury, and Lord High Executioner might be Bob Arum…

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Top Rank’s Bob Arum is a complex character. He has promoted everyone from Manny Pacquiao to Butterbean, which might tell us all we need to know. But he is, in addition to being complex, also competitive, and his competitive juices really start flowing when Al Haymon is mentioned, even though it was Arum who mentioned him.

Arum was in Texas Saturday night, where he had the pleasure of watching Terence Crawford dismantle Thomas Dulorme. After savoring that victory, Arum had an unsavory experience watching former Top Rank fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. crash and burn against Andrzej Fonfara in California.

Without a touch of irony Arum told BoxingScene.com’s Steve Kim, “What had taken us eight or nine years to build, fucking Al Haymon destroyed in one fucking night… He exposed what we all knew about Chavez: that he had built his reputation on his ability to come down in weight and then hydrate up so that he was fighting small guys. Look at every one of his fights, when did he ever fight a guy his own size?”

That’s an excellent question, to which the answer is never. But it’s not as though Chavez Jr. was operating in a vacuum. Freddie Roach was his trainer, and his promoter was Bob Arum, who foisted Baby Huey on an unsuspecting public and sold him as something he was not.

P.T. Barnum couldn’t have done it better.

“We never, ever, ever put Chavez in a fight where we did not clear it with the father,” continued Arum, “who knows more about boxing than any of those guys around. Who [better] understands his son’s limitations than Julio Sr.?”

The answer to that question might be wily Bob Arum himself.

“I know that Mexican fans have been off this guy,” Arum said, “because they’re very discerning and he did the most inexcusable thing for a Mexican—not losing or getting beat up—but quitting. Mexican fighters don’t quit.”

Mexican fight fans are discerning, and while Chavez may have quit, it was because he was losing and because he was getting beat up. Even with his scrambled brain, privileged upbringing, and delusions of grandeur, Chavez must have known, just as Arum knew all along, that his career was something of a ruse.

When Kim asked Arum if all the king’s horses and all the king’s men could put Humpty Dumpty together again, the unsentimental promoter replied, “I have no idea. I couldn’t care less. I really feel sorry for the father, who I have a great love for. I have nothing against the son. The son is what he is, somebody who is very, very spoiled, very, very entitled and he got what he deserved.”

If there’s justice in boxing, and that’s a very big if, the judge, jury, and Lord High Executioner might be Bob Arum.

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  1. Kid Blast 06:29am, 04/23/2015


    nicolas this one says it all for me but you make sage points

  2. nicolas 02:51am, 04/23/2015

    KID BLAST: I think it is partially due to the WBC and his father. First his dad, I think that Richard Steele in some way did a great disservice not only to Meldrick Taylor in the stopping of the fight, but also to Chavez’s reputation in the USA.  Think about it, had Chavez lost the decision but sent Taylor to the hospital, it would have at that time somewhat elevated Chavez’s reputation. They were interviewing the Black actor who was in Magnum PI, and he said he was not impressed by Chavez, and Chavez even acknowledged that he was not liked by the American media. Tony Lopez claimed that when he went down to Mexico to fight Chavez, some Mexicans said to him that they hoped he beat Chavez, because they did not like him. Also his behavior with Greg Haugen fight did not endear him to many Americans. Finally of course it is the WBC who seemed to want to do everything they could to make him a success. If that fight with Zbik had been in Germany, with Zbik outlanding him as I read in BOXREC 10 out of the 12 rounds, a Chavez victory would not have happened. Plus there taking away the title from Martinez in favor of Chavez was not liked, just so he could be a world champ. the fact that he was outweighing people like Lee and Rubio just did not sit well with many, feeling he was a cheater with enhancing drugs. Kudos for Chavez Jr. for taking this fight, but at the same time, what were they thinking, and what why did people feel that he was to be favored over Fonfara.

  3. Kid Blast 05:35pm, 04/21/2015

    I totally agree with Koolz. Deep down, I don’t think Jr ever really wanted to be a fighter and he admitted as much after his first victory over Matt Vanda, The criticism of him has been way over the top and disproportionate to the reality of the situation. He was battered and badly beaten and had the good sense to know it. I kind of feel for the kid. His record is not all that bad and he did stop Andy Lee and Duddy so why all the hate and scorn? Just my opinion but I’m not alone with it.

  4. Koolz 03:42pm, 04/21/2015

    Let’s look at this another way…Shall we!

    Chavez Jr had the heart of a warrior to agree to face Fonfara. 
    With that heart he has made Mexican fighters proud!
    To be a fighter to be in martial arts you need patience of the mind and
    action, discipline, and not act out with emotion,
    The very opposite of writers and fans of Chavez Jr.  And yes that includes the Arum idi….I never liked the guy.
    Chavez Jr decided his health is more important then appeasing raving lunatics. 
    Knowing when to fight and when not to is a greater asset then to fight to the death.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:47am, 04/21/2015

    This is all about Baby Huey Chavez, I guess and Fonfara may look like Ichabod Crane, but Andrzej is hardcore and as soon as he found out that Junior didn’t hit as hard as Super Pimp, Chavez was in for it!

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:31am, 04/21/2015

    Robert Ecksel-A kid in religious school wrote, “The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with unsympathetic genitals.”....Arum shows that you can be a Jew and an “unsympathetic genital” at the same time. Later in his essay he wrote, “Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt during the day, but a ball of fire during the night.” I said to myself that this little bugger will be writing for Boxing.com one of these days.

  7. peter 05:56am, 04/21/2015

    Jr. Walker & th Allstars’ “Shotgun”! I forgot all about it—and I bought the album back in the day! That tune is going right onto my iPod and will resurrect my flagging energy on my third mile, or in the third round, while hiting the heavybag….Chavez needs to quit. He’s shot and running on fumes only.

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