Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. weighs in at 172.4 pounds, makes new weight limit for Vera

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. weighed in at 172.4 pounds Friday, just under the 173-pound limit to which he agreed to fight Bryan Vera on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO).

Chavez, a former middleweight champion, told his promoter (Bob Arum) this week he was not going to be able to make the 168-pound super middleweight limit – the agreed upon weight that originally was 163 and then 165.

Arum and Vera’s promoter, Artie Pelullo, came up with the new 173-pouind limit Wednesday.

Vera, 31, of Austin, Texas, weighed 171.2 pounds. He is 23-6 with 14 knockouts. Chavez, 27, of Mexico, is 46-1-1 with 32 knockouts.

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It’s understandable that Bernard Hopkins won’t pick a winner for Mayweather-Alvarez

Ageless light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is in a tough spot. He fights for Golden Boy Promotions, so he might feel almost obligated to pick stablemate Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their junior middleweight title fight Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay–per-view).

Then again, he might want to pick Mayweather because he is favored and most think he’ll win. Well, Hopkins took the easy way out, and that’s understandable.

“This fight is 50-50,” Hopkins said. “It can go either way. Floyd has speed and wisdom. ‘Canelo’ is strong and big. This is a massive fight and the outcome will impact both of their careers in a major way.”

Hopkins, 48, will defend his title against Karo Murat on Oct. 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime).

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Check out tonight’s “Faceoff” premiere with Kellerman, Bradley and Marquez

HBO’s “Faceoff with Max Kellerman: Bradley/Marquez” premieres tonight at 11. It will preview the upcoming welterweight title fight between champion Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez on Oct. 12 at Thomas & Mack Center (on HBO pay-per-view).

Bradley and Marquez will be interviewed by Kellerman. The fighters will also get the opportunity to address one another, as well as their fans.

Bradley, 30, is 30-0 with 12 knockouts. Marquez, who turned 40 on Aug. 23, is 55-6-1 with 40 knockouts.

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Fox Deportes to televise previous Broner, Malignaggi fights ahead of theirs

Golden Boy Classics, a series televised on Fox Deportes, on Sunday will show previous Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner fights ahead of their June 22 welterweight title clash at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime).

The 2 p.m. telecast will replay Malignaggi’s 10-round unanimous decision over Jose Miguel Cotto in April 2011 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was just Malignaggi’s second fight at welterweight.

It will also show Broner’s 10-round unanimous decision over Daniel Ponce De Leon in March 2011 at Honda Center.

Broner, one really talented fighter, is 26-0 with 22 knockouts. He has won major titles in two weight classes and is jumping up two weight classes from lightweight. Malignaggi is  32-4 with just seven knockouts and is a former junior welterweight champion.

One thing about Malignaggi, he doesn’t have much of a punch, but he has big-time heart, and that can make any fight interesting.

Look for Broner to take Malignaggi’s belt.

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Charges of criminal gun possession dropped against Robert Guerrero

Charges of illegally possessing a firearm in the state of New York against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero were dropped Tuesday morning in New York State Supreme Court for Queens County, Guerrero’s public relations team said in a statement.

Guerrero, of Gilroy, Calilf., pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined $250 and was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service, which he will be allowed to do in California.

Guerrero was arrested on March 28 after he told a clerk at JFK Airport that he was in possession of an unloaded weapon.

Guerrero on May 4 challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. for his welterweight title, but lost a wide unanimous decision at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Guerrero, 30, could have gone to prison if he had been tried and convicted of the felony firearm possession charge.

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Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza scoffs at notion Mayweather pay-per-view did not do well

Stephen Espinoza, executive vice-president and general manager of Showtime Sports, told this newspaper Friday morning that stories speculating that this past Saturday’s Showtime pay-per-view presentation of the welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas did not do well and that Showtime lost money, are false.
“Numbers are still coming in, but we’ve got enough of the report that we are confident in saying we will be over 1 million buys,” Espinoza said. “Not sure how much yet, a lot of that will be determined over the next few weeks.”
Espinoza said Mayweather generating that many buys against a fighter who is not quite a huge name, is even more impressive.
“Without having a very well-known opponent, it really is a testament to Floyd’s drawing power,” Espinoza said.
Espinoza was asked about the scuttlebutt that Showtime lost money.
“There are some numbers out there floating around that we had to do X or Y in order to break even,” he said. “No idea where they came from. … But we are very happy with the result of over a millon buys. And the rumors of our financial demise are greatly exaggerated, if not completely untrue.
“No one realy has any basis for writing about that break-even point because that is something only we know.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions – which helps Mayweather promote his fights – is now working on a Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight for Sept. 14 at MGM Grand.
Espinoza said if that fight gets made, the promotion would likely include even more platforms than were used for Mayweather-Guerrero, which utilized Showtime’s parent company – CBS.
“It would certainly be adjusted to include more of the Spanish-language production,” Espinoza said.

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Live gate for Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert Guerrero not too shabby

The Nevada State Athletic Commission reports the live gate for this past Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero welterweight title fight did a live gate of $9,922,350.

That’s good, but that ranks as only the 16th best gate in Nevada history.

What’s No. 1? Oscar De La Hoya’s junior middleweight title fight against Mayweather in May 2007. That did $18,419,200. As was Saturday’s, that fight was won by Mayweather. However, whereas Mayweather dominated Guerrero, he just got by De La Hoya via split decision.



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Lamont Peterson ready for hard-punching Lucas Matthysse

Lucas Matthysse’s reputation as a hard-hitting fighter is well-earned – he is 33-2 with 31 knockouts. That’s a knockout ratio of 86 percent.

Lamont Peterson knows all about Matthysse, so he realizes that when he squares off with him next Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime), he’ll be in the fire.

“I’m not worried about Matthysse,” said Peterson, of Washington D.C. “I’ve known him for a while. He’s a strong guy. He’s going to bring it all night, pretty much the way I like it to be, and it’s going to be a great fight.

“Everyone keeps asking me about his punching power. I know what I signed up for. I realize I’m going to get hit in the face. But I will be hitting him back.”

Peterson, 29, is 31-1-1 with 16 knockouts. Matthysse is 30.

The card is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions. The co-feature will see Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) of St. Louis defending his welterweight belt against Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs) of England.

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Chris Arreola’s nose was broken in five places by Bermane Stiverne

Promoter Dan Goossen tells us that Chris Arreola’s nose was broken in five places in the third round of his April 27 heavyweight title-elimination bout with Bermane Stiverne at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

Arreola, who lost a unanimous decision, will have a procedure done on the nose next week to  help with its rehabilitation.

The loss was quite a setback for Arreola, 32, who is still trying to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. He challenged Vitali Klitschko for his title in September 2009 but was stopped after 10 rounds at Staples Center.

Goossen, however, believes Arreola is going to some day reach his goal.

“Is he capable of doing it?” Goossen said. “I believe he still is capable.”

Going back to the nose, Arreola bled profusely from the third round on after his nose was broken with a right cross that put him on the canvas.

“I got up in the ring afterward and throughout my years of seeing our share of blood and guts battles, there was more blood on this ring than I can ever recall seeing before, so Chris obviously lost a lot of blood,” Goossen said.

Goossen said as soon as Arreola’s nose heals, he’ll sit down with him to talk about what’s next.

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Mikey Garcia, Juanma to square off

A news conference will be held Thursday at American Airlines Arena in Dallas to formally announce the June 15 fight there between featherweight champion Mikey Garcia of Oxnard and former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico.

Their bout – to be televised by HBO – will be staged by Top Rank Inc.

Garcia, 25, will be looking to make the first defense of the title he took from Orlando Salido in January. Garcia is 31-0 with 26 knockouts.

Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) lost his title to Salido via eighth-round TKO in April 2011. Lopez tried to get it back in March 2012, but was stopped in the 10th by Salido. Lopez, 29, is 2-0 with two knockouts since then.


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