One thing about promoter Bob Arum, he knows how to strike while the iron is hot. On Saturday, his fighter – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. – was scored the winner of a 10-round light heavyweight fight against Bryan Vera at StubHub Center. The unanimous decision from judges Carla Caiz (96-94), Marty Denkin (97-93) and Gwen Adair (98-92) drew the wrath of the fans, and really ticked off Vera and his promoter, Artie Pelullo, who afterward practically scowled while voicing his displeasure to reporters on press row.
According to reports, a rematch is already in the works for sometime in December, probably in Texas. A story on BoxingScene.com says that talks between Arum and Pelullo will continue. Saturday’s fight was televised on HBO.
Vera is from Austin, Texas and Chavez has a huge fan base in the state. Considering Saturday’s decision has drawn such outcry, this is the type of rematch that could do very well there. Just more than 5,000 attended Saturday’s fight in Carson, but by then a lot of fans might have been turned off by Chavez and his much-publicized weight issues.