Chavez Jr-Hopkins Beef Heats Up Twitter

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A potential grudge match is forming right now on, of all places, Twitter.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been going at it with Bernard Hopkins, the all-time legend who lost badly in his last outing, but is resisting hanging up the mitts. Junior, the son of a legend who has carved out a nice niche for himself as a willing banger, has been on the shelf since March 1, 2104 (W over Brian Vera).

The son of Mexico's maybe best of all time has been battling Top Rank over his contract and has a date set for April 18, against Andrzej Fonfara. He maintains he is no longer contracted to Top Rank, though that matter is still up for debate in some circles. Junior is currently advised by Al Haymon, and Haymon fighters don't' appear on HBO, where Jr. has been doing his thing. Hopkins' last fight was on HBO, though, as his promoter Golden Boy is back to doing business with HBO. Now, all that might be getting ahead of ourselves…

I reached out to Hopkins a couple days ago to ask if he wanted to weigh in on his challenge to Carl Froch and he declined. Junior, though, weighed in, and floated an idea: Basically, he thinks Hopkins could fight Gennady Golovkin, at 168 pounds or less. (The 160 champ Golovkin has targeted a May 16 date, after his Feb. 21 outing against Martin Murray). Junior said he will beat Fonfara, and then he could fight Carl Froch. “Because now Chavez versus Froch is the biggest pay-per-view fight now,” he said. “I am ready for anyone.” The winners of those two bouts could then fight each other, Junior suggested.

On Wednesday morning, Junior went at B-Hop on Twitter. “You call yourself a legend? A dirty, coward fighter! Who doesn't give the fans a show….I never faked an injury or being a coward like you were with Chad Dawson.”

Ouch. Super straight-forward.

Hopkins responded, and told him to stop smoking whatever he'd been puffing. (Junior was fined for having weed in his system in 2013.) #Imalegend, Hopkins offered as hashtag commentary. “Combine all of those guys' career against mine! None of these fighters is going to (Hall of Fame).”

Junior was unmoved.

He told me a Hopkins fight is a great money fight, and that this back and forth is moving him toward wanting to shut up the legend. “Boxing is a business,” he continued. “I respect Hopkins a lot but I have better numbers. And Chavez vs. Froch is the biggest now is what I say. Hopkins is a true legend. But my style is for the people, and Hopkins' style is for (himself). I am open to fighting the best. After Fonfara if I win…And actually I don't respect Hopkins now (because he made that 'smoking' comment).”

I followed up on that train of thought, seeing as how it seemed to hit a nerve. Does he ingest marijuana now, I asked Jr. “No,” he answered. His dad had a drug and alcohol problems years back, in the 90s and 2000s, and has been sober for six years, he stated. “I have a daughter now, Julia. And Hopkins didn't respect that. So, I have family. And never had a marijuana problem. But I never try it again.”

Bottom line, the substance abuse issue hits a nerve in this kid. I have been guilty of being flippant it about it myself, and I know intimately of what he speaks, so I thanked him for reminding me about treating the issue flippantly.

Stay tuned…and get on Twitter, and follow me, if you care to.

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-deepwater2 :

HaHa Jr is still smoking that cheeeba. Hopkins outworks the Lazy fighter. tsAH won't let Jr fight Hopkins even if Hopkins is 60 years old.


-deepwater2 :

HaHa Jr is still smoking that cheeeba. Hopkins outworks the Lazy fighter. tsAH won't let Jr fight Hopkins even if Hopkins is 60 years old.


-riverside :

HaHa Jr is still smoking that cheeeba. Hopkins outworks the Lazy fighter. tsAH won't let Jr fight Hopkins even if Hopkins is 60 years old.
LOL, 60 year old Hopkins will whip Chavez Jr. when Chavez JR fought Sergio Martinez, I was thinking 50 Year Pops Chavez would have put on a better fight than his son did.


-The Commish :

HaHa Jr is still smoking that cheeeba. Hopkins outworks the Lazy fighter. tsAH won't let Jr fight Hopkins even if Hopkins is 60 years old.
But I betcha' he'd at least consider it if B-Hop was 60! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

Hopkins V 3G . . . hmmn, it would be nice to see how Bernard responds to that now. He previously floated the idea himself I think.


-BMontgomery :

Hopkins won't outwork Chavez. In fact, if Bernard takes this fight, he'll wish he hadn't because he'll be running and clinching all night long. If he can. I'd expect Chavez to hurt Hopkins and/or at the very least to thoroughly beat him up.


-the Roast :

I like this fight better than Hopkins-Froch. If, and that's a big if, Chavez can actually get off the bench and get in the ring he win give Hopkins a tough fight and I can see Jr winning it. Jr has to set his mind to lets punches fly and out work the old timer. Sure, Bernard will show the kid all his feints and clinches and what not but Kovalev has shown the way to beat the old master. Chavez is no Kovalev but he takes a good punch and if he is busy he can win.


-stormcentre :

One thing about JCC Jr. you can't say the guy changes his game-plan too much if he has a few bad rounds and/or wears a little unexpected leather. I must admit, at the stage when he was fighting cab drivers and other suspiciously unskilled opponents, I never thought he would get to the top or be a legitimate champion. But I was wrong. Now, if only he would stay and shape and fit. Hopefully that will happen once the Top Rank drama sort itself out. I, too, would like to see Chavez fight Hopkins. Just seeing how ineffective Bernard's psychological warfare - before the fight - would be, would make it worth it. I can't see JCC giving a Tuck about what B-Hop does and says. Shame Chavez can't take the Frock off and get it on somewhere in either the UK or USA. Still, as they say, you can't (always) have it all. Anyway, as Freeway Rick Ross used to (apparently) say; "Keep Big Balling". Whatever that means. D2 would probably know. Sounds cool anyway.


-stormcentre :

One thing about JCC Jr. you can't say the guy changes his game-plan too much if he has a few bad rounds and/or wears a little unexpected leather. I must admit, at the stage when he was fighting cab drivers and other suspiciously unskilled opponents, I never thought he would get to the top or be a legitimate champion. But I was wrong. Now, if only he would stay in shape and fit. Hopefully that will happen once the Top Rank drama sort itself out. I, too, would like to see Chavez fight Hopkins. Just seeing how ineffective Bernard's psychological warfare - before the fight - would be, would make it worth it. I can't see JCC giving a Tuck about what B-Hop does and says. Shame Chavez can't take the Frock off and get it on somewhere in either the UK or USA. Still, as they say, you can't (always) have it all. Anyway, as Freeway Rick Ross used to (apparently) say; "Keep Big Balling". Whatever that means. D2 would probably know. Sounds cool anyway.


-Scar :

This would be a very exciting fight, I'd love to see it.


-michigan400 :

I'd rather see Froch vs JR. Hopkins should set himself up to go out with another win and then call it a career and start training some guys with that old school knowledge. The man was considered "old" back when he fought Tito. How many other fighters have had entire careers since then and Hopkins is still around. Amazing!!


-deepwater2 :

Chavez Jr turned down 7 million smackers to face GGG so why doesn't he put down his pipe and stop trying to play matchmaker.


-stormcentre :

Was it really $7M?


-deepwater2 :

Was it really $7M?
"There is no update but the point is that I thought that we made a crazy, unbelievable offer to Chavez for the Golovkin fight. It called for the Golovkin fight to pay him a minimum $7 million, and if he lost that fight, we guaranteed him another fight for $5 million. Now if he beat Golovkin, then we would pay him a minimum for his next fight of $10 million," said Arum, whose Top Rank contract runs through October 2015 with Chavez. "So we would?do these two fights, and the minimum he would make is $12 million, and if he was successful, $17 million plus. He turned that offer down. So we offered him a one-fight offer at considerably less money but still better than what Golovkin accepted for the fight and he turned that down. So obviously, he doesn't want the fight and we go on with our business."


-stormcentre :

OK. Somehow I missed (the figures related to) that when it all went down. Either that or I forgot. Thanks.