By Robert Hughes
Photos: Robert Hughes
A less-than-cheery John Duddy did not like being asked Thursday evening if he was going to win Saturday’s bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “No, I’m here to lose,” Duddy snapped at this reporter in a hotel elevator. “Of course I’m going to win, what kind of question is that?”
Meanwhile, Chavez Jr. was in the lobby with dozens of fans and chatting with his father, the great Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez, when FightNews asked the fighter the same question. Chavez Jr. responded with a more diplomatic statement about being in shape and being well prepared. And then he said, in his best English: “I think he’s having a problem.”
“Like he’s overweight?” asked Fightnews.com.
“Yes,” Chavez Jr. said.
Duddy was unavailable for a followup comment to the accusation that he was overweight.
Chavez Jr- Duddy will battle this Saturday for the vacant WBC Silver middleweight title in the main event on Top Rank’s ‘Latin Fury 15’ card. The pay-per-view event also showcases the living legend Marco Antonio Barrera in a ten-round lightweight fight against hardcore veteran Adailton De Jesus. Several more bouts are scheduled.