Sources close to the information have informed us that former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is strongly considering parting ways with his long-time promoter, Bob Arum, and Top Rank. According to one source, Chavez's unanimous decision victory over Bryan Vera on September 28 was the final bout on his contract.
Chavez Jr. recently met with Arum to discuss his future with the promotional company. From what we're told, that meeting did not go too well for Top Rank. Apparently, Chavez Jr. will now be exploring his options, which would likely include a stop at the offices of Top Rank's rival, Golden Boy Promotions.
Not long after this story ran, FightHype.com was contacted by Billy Keane, manager of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who informed us that, contrary to our report, they still have a good working relationship with Bob Arum and Top Rank. "It's completely inaccurate. On the contrary, the meeting was with Julio, his father, myself, and everyone at Top Rank and it went very well. It was productive and we discussed his future plans. We had a good meeting. I don't know who your source is, but I was in the meeting and I drove home with Julio and it's just not accurate," Keane informed us. Although he did not confirm or deny if Chavez Jr.'s fight with Bryan Vera was the last on his Top Rank contract, Keane verified that a meeting with Arum did in fact take place this week. Despite Keane's comments, FightHype.com stands behind the information provided by our sources, so don't be surprised if there is indeed a big change in store for Chavez Jr. in the coming months.
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