Chavez: 'I owe a KO to Tijuana'
The legend's son names De La Hoya, Pacquiao, Duddy as future foes
Report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Chris Cozzone / Fightwireimages.com
A triumphant Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions presided with Bob Arum of Top Rank a short-but-sweet, informal postfight press conference last night from a tent on the esplanade of the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Tijuana, Mexico.
With only two of the main participants on hand and a full night of celebrations ahead, Beltran wasted no time to share his thoughts on the success of "Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder".
"I think we truly showed the face of the city,” said Beltran. “We've proved that Tijuana is not only a safe city, but a great place for boxing."
Humberto Soto, who earlier, defended for the first time his WBC super featherweight title, with an exciting fourth round TKO over previously unstopped Antonio Davis, was all smiles as he addressed the press.
"I was joking my with my manager before the fight that I was going to be the star of the night and I think I proved it," stated the near-unharmed Soto. "I felt strong tonight and I worked on having explosive moments and I think I achieved that.
"Davis did frustrate me a little since he would come in with his head. I think he felt my power but I knew I had to work my punches either from the outside and inside and I would get results."
Beltran mentioned that after Soto's impressive knockout, he spoke to Arum, CEO of Top Rank, to consider Soto for the under card of Hatton-Pacquiao since he feels they can be future foes for the WBC champ.
As Beltran finished off his Soto comments, a battered but smiling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, made his way in followed by a large entourage and TV cameras.
"First off, I would like to thank the support from the city of Tijuana, the fans, the mayor and everybody involved have been great,” began Chavez, before addressing his hard-fought fight with Luciano Cuello.
"You can't always get the KO,” he said. “I wasn't able to develop my fight. With that said, we are not going to take a step back, we are ready for a title fight or a fight with John Duddy or Oscar De La Hoya. I owe a KO to the city of Tijuana."
Chavez Jr. who shared the results of the intense battle he endured with the tough-as-nails Cuello, had answers to why he struggled against the Argentinean:
"I think he studied me well. I didn't know anything of him. I could’ve thrown a large array of punches but I made mistakes. I will learn from this fight and be all that much better.
As far as a rematch, Chavez Jr. felt there was no need.
"If the fans want me to fight him again, I will but I think there is bigger fights for me out there."
That was an idea that his promoter in Mexico, Beltran, seconded.
"I think he beat him without a doubt,” said Beltran. “We are going to discuss with Arum what is the next move."
Arum mentioned John Duddy, De La Hoya and Pacquiao as possible opponents for the legend’s son. When asked which one he would prefer, Chavez Jr stated:
"The one that pays more," he rattled off jokingingly.
“I will fight anybody. I would like to fight De La Hoya for what he means to boxing and to my family."
Oscar De La Hoya stopped Chavez Jr.'s father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., twice at the tail end of the veteran's career.
Although out of his element since most of the media gathered for the conference were Spanish-speaking, Arum did not hesitate to conclude the statements made before him.
"I want to say that putting together this fight card was a great experience. The world has been able to see that the media reports about the insecurity of Tijuana are vastly exaggerated. This is a great city."
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