ESPN.com reported that promoter Lou DiBella harshly criticized WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBC silver middleweight titlist Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr. Thursday in front of a slew of fight writers.
DiBella allegedly characterized Chavez (45-0-1-1, 31 KOs) as an “arrogant little (penis)” and “spoiled little brat.”
The graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School then claimed Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) wouldn’t garner attention if it weren’t for his trademark flaming red hair.
In a sport infested with seedy individuals, DiBella has consistently shown himself to be a solid and honorable man.
Hence, his recent comments were quite surprising.
Alvarez, 21, the preeminent welterweight prospect in the world, has spectacular power in both of his fists and his punches land with a resounding thud.
Alvarez, who started boxing professionally at the ludicrous age of 15, successfully defended his crown with a fifth round TKO victory over Puerto Rican Kermit Cintron last month at Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City.
The precocious Mexican has all the necessary skills and abilities to soon dominate the boxing landscape for years to come.
Conversely, Chavez whose nickname is “The Legend Goes On” because he is the son of iconic Mexican prizefighter Julio Caesar Chavez, successfully defended his crown against Providence native Peter Manfredo with a fifth round TKO last November 20 at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.
Chavez, 25, is considered a fraud by some and critics have long questioned his diligence and commitment to boxing.
“Chavez has a great record,” said Roger “Pit” Perron, 75, a respected boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training. “But, he doesn’t impress me that much.”
Nevertheless, the offspring of Mexico’s preeminent warrior is a relatively advanced boxer and his skills have clearly been further honed since he hired Dedham’s Freddie Roach to train him last year.
Perron, who helped work Marvin Hagler’s corner, eventually softened his stance against Chavez and lauded the virtues of the man voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
“Any fighter Freddie Roach pays attention to has to be good. So, who knows what he’ll (Chavez) become with time.”
Lou DiBella should use his words with caution because “who knows what” Alvarez and Chavez will “become with time.”
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