So was the Tyson end merely bluffing?
“Yes,” opined Schaefer, who explained, “because I think they probably thought they were going to call me and I’m going to say, ‘Oh, no, we’re not going to come to the U.K. No, we’re not interested.’ I said, ‘No problem. We can do it February 8th in the U.K. That date works for us; no problem. Let me know what the deal is. If you want, we can do 50/50.’” Schaefer said he was willing to go down the line on all incoming revenue, make a deal and then have each side pay its respective fighter. “[Hennessey] said, ‘Let me think about it.’ I said OK.
“I called their bluff.”
Mick, if you’re out there, give Schaefer a call. He’s waiting.
This much is clear; Abner Mares will be fighting on February 15th at the Staples Center. The question is, will it be a rematch against Jhonny Gonzalez, who took his WBC featherweight title back in the summer with a stunning first round knockout?
“If [Gonzalez] is not going to honor the rematch clause, then I’m going to ask the WBC to strip Jhonny Gonzalez because that was not a mandatory defense and if he’s not going to honor the rematch option we have, I’ll ask him to be stripped and Abner Mares will fight against the next available contender - which I think is this guy, Robinson Castellanos - for the vacant title,” said Schaefer.
He says of Gonzalez and his representatives, “They’re being very difficult.”