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Arum not critical of Chavez Jr. for testing positive for marijuana

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By Dan Ambrose:

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is defending his fighter former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after Chavez Jr. tested positive for marijuana for his loss to Sergio Martinez on September 15th of this year. Arum doesn’t see Chavez Jr. testing positive for Marijuana as being a big deal, because it’s not considered a performance enhancing drug.

Speaking with, Arum said “I’m not gonna condemn a kid for smoking a joint a month before a fight to go to sleep…Cheating…performance enhancing drugs..that’s cheating. That’s wrong.”

There are a lot of boxing fans who are in agreement with Arum about this stance. Marijuana is definitely not a drug that would give Chavez Jr. any advantage against anyone he faces in the ring. If anything, it would hurt him by messing with his stamina if he smoked it. It could also make it harder for him to make weight if he were to get the munchies and overeat while using the drug.

However, the fact remains that it’s one of the banned drugs by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and it’s against the rules for fighters to be using this drug. If the Commission were to ignore their own rules it would make a mockery of the whole process.

Arum obviously is hoping that Chavez Jr. receives just a small slap on the hands by the Nevada Commission in terms of a fine and possible suspension, and Arum may get his way. But it looks bad for the sport for world title holders to be caught using drugs, even lower level drugs like marijuana.

This is the first offense for Chavez Jr., so it’s possible he’ll get off relatively light by the Commission when it comes time for them to penalize him with a suspension and fine. However, it looks bad when a fighter is breaking the rules, especially a fighter like Chavez Jr. who has already been caught using diuretics in the past three years ago.

Diuretics is a water weight losing drug that some fighters use to lose water in order to make weight for divisions that they couldn’t normally fight in without tons of exercise and dieting.

Boxing needs to be a clean sport, which is why it’s not good when you see a fighter using any kind of banned drug.

Bob Arum talks Chavez Jr.’s failed drug test for marijuana: ‘Let’s be f**kin’ real’

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Bob Arum defends Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the wake of failing a drug test for marijuana saying that the drug doesn’t enhance performance and anyone bashing him is likely being a hypocrite.

Bob Arum was recently asked about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s failed drug test following his fight with Sergio Martinez. Chavez had tested positive for marijuana and we’ve heard excuses ranging from that he smoked a joint a month out from the fight to that he had a special tea that he was given to help him sleep.

FightHub was there to capture Bob’s response to the question and it’s about as Arum as Arum gets:

“I was…sorry that it happened, that he tested positive. But I’m not gonna condemn a kid for smoking a joint a month before a fight to go to sleep. What the fuck has happened?! I mean, let’s be real about it, let’s not be hypocrites about it. Cheating…performance enhancing drugs..that’s cheating. That’s wrong. Smoking a joint a month before a fight…take a poll here. What kind of percentage do you think of people who’ve smoked a joint in the last month? So let’s be fuckin’ real!”

Donaire in race for Fighter of Year award

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By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Bob Arum had something else at the back of his mind when he decided to pit Nonito Donaire Jr. against Jorge Arce on Dec. 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

It will be the fourth fight for the year for the reigning WBO super-bantamweight champion. He won the first three, including a TKO of Toshiaki Nishioka last Oct. 13 in Carson City.

Donaire, actually undefeated over the last 11 years, also outpointed Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. last February, before dominating Jeffrey Mathebula last July.

It’s been a busy, successful and lucrative year for the 29-year-old Donaire.

Perhaps without him knowing, those three wins also put Donaire in the hunt for the Fighter of the Year award being given out by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

A big win over Arce could be the icing on the cake, according to Arum.

“We wanted to get Donaire a fourth fight this year because it enhances his chances for the Fighter of the Year,” the Top Rank chief told The STAR the other day.

Arum said there was really no plan setting up Donaire vs Arce exactly one week after Manny Pacquiao faces Juan Manuel Marquez in what could be the fight of the year.

But the ageless promoter found the opportunity for Donaire.

“It was not intended,” said Arum of the back-to-back presentation featuring Pacquiao and Donaire along with another Filipino title prospect, the undefeated Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta.

“But when the December date opened up for Donaire we grabbed it. Three Filipinos will be fighting that week,” said Arum.

Gesta, who’s 26-0 with 14 knockouts, will shoot for the IBF lightweight title against Mexican Miguel Vasquez on the undercard of Pacquiao-Marquez Part 4.

It’s a red-hot December for Philippine boxing.


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by Cyrus Langhorne

G-Unit’s 50 Cent has officially announced his disassociation to the joint Money Team promotional boxing company he put together with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Fif made the unexpected announcement on Twitter early Thursday (November 1) morning.

“TMT IS OVER the money team is no longer a team. So it SMS promotions that’s it thats all.SMSaudio,” he tweeted November 1st.

“SMSpromotions. Catch IBF CHAMPION BILL DIBB VS. JASON VELEZ DEC.1 Cotto’s card lets go New York!!! Don’t miss it”

“SMSpromotions Yuriorkis GAMBOA VS. Miguel Beltran on manny pacquiao card VS. Jaun marquez don’t miss it.”

“I’m no longer apart or down with TMT promotions. SMSaudio”

“If anyone wants a money team jacket I’m selling mine for a dollar. The nap back hat comes with it. That’s a fare price. SMSaudio”

“I move the fighters to SMSpromotion cause the other half of the money team .Didnt put up there $MONEY$.SMSaudio”

“Get your TMT sweat suit NOW!! For just $7.99 on line No shipping and handling.SMSaudio” (50 Cent’s Twitter)

Around mid-September, rumors of problems brewing in TMT emerged.

Rumors are flying hot and heavy that the joint venture into boxing promotion called TMT (The Money Team), headed up by pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rapper 50 Cent, is already kaput. The Ring magazine reports that Australian featherweight fighter Billy Dib, recently signed by TMT, has had his contract folded into the operations of the still operating Mayweather Promotions. The Ring also says that a source close to the rap superstar indicates that 50 Cent is “no longer involved in boxing.” (Boxing Insider)

50 also recently discussed his issues dealing with Mayweather, Jr. and his team.

“[The problem] really comes from everybody around him is waiting on the next time he feels generous. And I have a lot [of money], so I don’t wait for nobody,” Fif said in an interview. “I’ll go do what I’ve got to do. I don’t have to sit around and wait for the next time he feels like giving somebody something.” (“The Rickey Smiley Show”)

Earlier this year, the G-Unit boss officially received a license to legally promote boxing.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reports that Curtis Jackson is now an officially licensed boxing promoter in New York State, with plans to get his license in Nevada as well. His company is called The Money Team Promotions (TMT) and will reportedly rep Yuri Gamboa and Andre Dirrell at the outset. There’s no word on whether 50 will ultimately work officially with Floyd. And while a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is still a longshot, if anybody can make it happen it’s a dude who survived nine gunshot wounds. (Complex)

Bob Arum on Donaire-Arce, Brandon Rios’ desires, meeting with Bradley, more

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After getting a few updates on Manny Pacquiao’s training camp from promoter Bob Arum on Wednesday afternoon, I continued our conversation by getting his thoughts on some other key fighters in the Top Rank fold as well as looking at some upcoming events he is staging.

Arum has a pair of shows in December in back to back weekends when Pacquiao’s fourth pay-per-view encounter with Juan Manuel Marquez goes down inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on the 8th while unified junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire faces the fan-friendly style of former champion Jorge Arce in Houston, Texas one weekend later.

Arum took a look at each card, including the undercard for Pacquiao-Marquez IV as well as speaking on the impending announcement of Donaire-Arce. The veteran Hall of Famer also revealed the latest with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios, former two-division champion Juan Manuel Lopez, and former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik.

This is what Arum had to share…

Putting Yuriorkis Gamboa on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV undercard after releasing him from Top Rank earlier this year…
“Everything worked out OK with the Gamboa situation. He got a release from us, they paid for it. Todd [duBoef] has a good relationship with Gamboa’s promoter now, 50 Cent. So why not? Gamboa’s still an attraction and we have him matched really tough on the card, so it should be a good fight.”

Lightweight contender Mercito Gesta’s challenge of IBF champion Miguel Vazquez on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV bill…
“Vazquez, as you know, is an incredible boxer, a very good defensive fighter; but he doesn’t run, you know what I mean? He just makes you miss and everything. And Gesta is a pressure fighter, so it should be an interesting match.”

Getting ready to announce Nonito Donaire vs. Jorge Arce for Dec. 15…
“Well, that certainly looks like it’s coming into play. And we still have to get contracts back. We’ll have an announcement shortly and hopefully a press conference in Houston next week.”

Happy to see Donaire staying busy with four fights in 2012…
“Absolutely, that’s what these young guys should do. They should fight more than less. I mean, the idea that they fight twice is absurd and Nonito wants the action. We’re going to use him next year as many fights as we can. Why not?”

Tim Bradley’s future…
“We’re going to work things out with Bradley. I think that Todd is going to meet with him, so we’re optimistic that we can get him back in the ring first quarter of next year.”

Brandon Rios vs. Ruslan Provodnikov ordered by the WBO despite rumors of a Pacquiao fight for Rios this coming April…
“Obviously, we have to respect what Rios wants. If Rios has the opportunity to fight Pacquiao, why would he take another fight like that before that? But I haven’t talked to Pacquiao about the fight. If the Pacquiao fight is not going to happen, than that’s a terrific fight, Rios against Provodnikov.”

Thoughts on Juan Manuel Lopez’s suspension being lifted by the WBO and future plans for the Puerto Rican star…
“We’re going to use him sometime in December, or Peter Rivera [will] use him. And then we’re trying to make a Lopez-[Wilfredo] Vazquez fight in February for Puerto Rico.”

The possibility of Kelly Pavlik vs. super middleweight king Andre Ward in 2013…
“I’d love to make that fight, I know Pavlik would. We’re talking with Dan [Goosen] about putting that fight together.”