Promoter Bob Arum announced today that the Julio Cesar Chavez vs John Duddy clash will be for the WBC silver title, putting the winner in line for a shot at WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Both fighters said they are looking forward to Saturday night’s fight, which will be a twelve-rounder. “This is the most important I’m going to have to get to where I want to be,” stated Chavez. Duddy agreed, commenting “This is the biggest fight of my career.”
Ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera said he’ll be ready to challenge for a world title following his fight against Adilton De Jesus on Saturday’s pay-per-view telecast. Arum mentioned WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto or WBA lightweight Miguel Acosta as possibilities. Barrera is hoping to become the first Mexican to win a world title in four weight divisions.