May 14th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
WBC HAS ALWAYS BEEN PRO-JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ BE IT SR. OR JR.
San Francisco, CA- There was always speculation amongst some boxing insiders that WBC President Jose Sulaiman was involved in the “financial” dealings of both Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Ricardo Lopez, something I could never prove. There are a plethora of reasons that have circulated over the years pointing to this, some of them even the casual boxing fan might even have taken note of. After Frankie Randall clearly beat Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. in January 1994, and beat him decisively, I was astonished as was the great boxing odds maker Herb Lambeck, that Chavez was getting all the play in the Las Vegas betting parlors.
HERB SAYS “STAY AWAY FROM CHAVEZ FIGHT”
“Pedro, Randall beat Chavez pretty good in January. Yet, all the wise guys and the Mexican money is coming in on Chavez and big. I’m staying away from this one as I feel that some s*it might occur and Randall gets *******!” The greatest boxing odds maker in history was correct as Randall was beating Chavez in the rematch, then came an accidental clash of heads and Julio quit! It was the eighth round, Randall was controlling and frustrating the Mexican icon who at times acted like a child, although this wasn’t a kid-like move, it was a bitch-move and Julio Cesar Sr. just flat out quit at the at the 2:57 mark of a May 1994 encounter. After the heads clashed, Sr. just turned away from referee Mills Lane and quit!
JUDGES IN LAS VEGAS DID RANDALL SANS VASELINE!
Only the Japanese judge had it right as Tamotsu Tomihar had Randall up by a point at 76-75, while I had him up by three, all the while being generous to Chavez. Dalby Shirley, who although he’s a nice guy, was either the most corrupt or incompetent judges Nevada ever had on their “A Team.” The only score that Dalby, who must be either in his 80’s now or dead, ever apologized for and said he was wrong in was when he gave Vito Antuofermo a 144-142 victory over Marvin Hagler in their 1979 draw. Hal Miller had it even at 114-114, while the “usually on the mark” Duane Ford had Hagler winning a fight he clearly dominated 145-141. Dalby, whom I called one of Nevada’s “blind mice,” had Chavez ahead in the Randall rematch 76-74 and Ray “Charles” Solis had it 77-74 for JC Sr. It was of the most insane decisions in Nevada history, but a call that was eclipsed by the stench of the Hagler-Antuofermo draw.
10 YEARS BEFORE CHAVEZ GAVE A “WORN OUT” FRANKIE ANOTHER SHOT!
With all the controversy and stench left by Chavez turning his back on referee Mills Lane and winning, the WBC didn’t order another fight, even after they ordered Randall-Chavez II in the blink of an eye. Some guys have another’s number and Frankie had Chavez’s. Getting screwed that night and with no rematch in sight, plunged Randall into depression and drugs. When they did meet again, a decade later in 2004, Randall was “cracked” up and lost a unanimous decision over ten rounds in Mexico City.
SWITCHING GEARS TO JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.
Today Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KOS) is the “anointed” WBC middleweight (160 lbs) champion, even though he never beat the man that fairly won the title in a ring against Kelly Pavlik, recognized World middleweight champion, Sergio Martinez of Oxnard, CA, by way of Spain and Argentina. In taking away the recognized-WBC middleweight title from Sergio, they declared him the “Silver Champion” or “Champion Emeritus,” which in itself stinks about as bad as un-serviced for three-months porta-potty at a Major League Baseball park.CHAVEZ-MARTINEZ TEASE IS LIKE THAT OF A SEXUAL NATURE
Seeing the majority of my readers are male, you can relate to this. A woman that you’ve been dating for months has been promising you sexual favors, but time and again when it comes time to do the deed, she comes up with some bull s*it delaying the intimate encounter. In a sense that’s where Sergio Martinez, the WBC hierarchy has been promising Martinez a fight with Chavez for so long, I’ve lost count of the months. Supposedly after Chavez fights once beaten Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) on June 16 in El Paso, TX, where they neglected to “drug test” Chavez after his last fight, even though he had been suspended for using illegal drugs associated with performance enhancing drugs and suspended him six months.
IS DIRRELL INJURY CHAVEZ WAY OUT OF MARTINEZ BEATING?
With the exception of guys on the Top Rank payroll and those scribes that shill for press passes and post-fight hot dogs, few believe Chavez can defeat Martinez. A fortnight ago, the WBC took the 168 lb. title away from World 168 lb. champion Andre Ward and set up a WBC title tiff with Anthony Dirrell involved. But Andre’s brother was seriously hurt when his motorcycle made contact with an automobile and he was left with a broken leg and arm, thus the July fight with Russian “stiff” Nikola Sjekloca (24-0, 7 KOs) is off. Knowing Chavez and Sulaiman fear Martinez like a nuclear bomb, I’m expecting Julio Jr., whether he beats Andy Lee or not on June 16, to move up to 168 and fight for the vacant title.THAT MEANS ANDRE WARD VS. CHAVEZ JR.
Akin to jumping from a frying pan into a furnace, Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) is prepared to force a Chavez fight, if by legal means if need be, for Ward’s next fight after his September showdown with light heavyweight title claimant Chad Dawson. According to a member of Team Ward, “they (the WBC) has told us we can challenge whomever becomes champion when we want.”
EXPECTING MORE CHICANERY TO FOLLOW IF THIS OCCURS
The WBC has a horrible record in court. When champion Graciano Rocchigiani took them to court after they stripped him of the light heavyweight belt JUST to give it to Roy Jones, I warned Sulaiman in person that not only was this wrong, it could cost the WBC millions. The jury found for Graciano and awarded him $7 million, but because Sulaiman was such an arrogant jerk, they jury piled on $24 million in punitive damages. It was their feeling that had not only Sulaiman and company wronged Graciano, they did so with a electric cattle prod, as Sulaiman, if my memory serves me correctly, was held in “contempt of court” close to or over 20 times!
PAPER CHAMPION MIGHT OVERSTATE CHAVEZ’S ABILITY!
Eventually, Chavez is going to be exposed as a “toilet tissue” (paper) champion, be it by Martinez or Ward. But in the meantime, it’ll be interesting to see what Sulaiman does, and if he learned anything from his multi-million dollar spanking in a New York courtroom with Graciano.