Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. claims he is motivated for second stage of his career

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. as known as a world-class fighter who isn’t crazy about training. But the former middleweight champion said Thursday he is ready to not only get back into the ring after a year off, he suggested he’s going to be better than ever.

“It’s like a dream,” said Chavez, who Sept. 28 will take on Bryan Vera in a super middleweight fight at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO). “You think about the comeback, and it’s finally here. This is like the second stage of my career.

“I’m very motivated. I’m going to show everyone I can be the best in the world, pound-for-pound.”

Chavez will be trained by his longtime assistant trainer, Vladimir Baldenebro, for this fight. His father, the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., will assist.

Chavez will go without his regular trainer, Freddie Roach, as Roach is tied up with several other fighters, including Manny Pacquiao. Chavez said Thursday at a news conference in Los Angeles that Roach will be back in his corner after this fight.

Chavez, 27, is 46-1-1 with 32 knockouts. He last fought Sept. 15, 2012, when he lost his title to Sergio Martinez via unanimous decision at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Chavez subsequently tested positive for marijuana and was suspended nine months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He was also fined $900,000, but that fine was later reduced to $100,000.

This fight with Vera, 31, was supposed to take place Sept. 7 at Staples Center. But Chavez sustained a cut on his right eyelid during sparring, and it was postponed.

Vera, of Austin, Texas, is 23-6 with 14 knockouts.

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HBO will televise from three countries Sept. 28, leading with Chavez-Vera

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico and Bryan Vera of Austin, Texas will square off in a super middleweight fight Sept. 28 at StubHub Center. The fight will be televised by HBO, but that’s only a third of what HBO will be showing that night.

It will also televise the light  heavyweight title fight between Adonis Stevenson and Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud from Montreal, and the heavyweight fight between former champion David Haye and Tyson Fury from Manchester, England.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in town to discuss Sept. 28 fight at StubHub Center

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico and Brian Vera on Thursday will get together at a news conference in Los Angeles to talk about their upcoming super middleweight fight Sept. 28 at StubHub Center (on HBO).

The fight was originally slated for Sept. 7 at Staples Center, but Chavez sustained a cut on his right eyelid during sparring and the bout was postponed.

Chavez, a former middleweight champion, is 46-1-1 with 32 knockouts. Vera, of Austin, Texas, is 23-6 with 14 knockouts.

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Tickets for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera at StubHub on sale Thursday

Tickets for the Sept. 28 super middleweight fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO) go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.

The bout was originally scheduled for Sept. 7 at Staples Center, but Chavez sustained a cut over his right eye during sparring, so promoter Bob Arum was forced to come up with a new date and site.

Tickets are priced at $20,  $50, $100 and $200. They can be purchased online at www.axs.com or by calling 888-929-7849.

Chavez is 46-1-1 with 32 knockouts. Vera is 23-6 with 14 knockouts.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera now slated for Sept. 28 at StubHub Center

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s super middleweight bout against Brian Vera originally scheduled for Sept. 7 at Staples Center will now be contested Sept. 28 at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO).

The bout was recently postponed because Chavez sustained a small cut on his right eyelid during sparring.

Chavez, of Mexco, is 46-1-1 with 32 knockouts. Vera, of Austin, Texas, is 23-6 with 14 knockouts.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. sustains cut, his fight with Brian Vera is postponed

Several publications are reporting that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sunday sustained a cut over one of his eyes during sparring and that his super middleweight fight against Brian Vera scheduled for Sept. 7 at Staples Center has been postponed. A new date has not been announced for the Top Rank Inc. event.

HBO was to televise Chavez-Vera.

Chavez last fought in September in Las Vegas, losing his middleweight title to Sergio Martinez at Thomas & Mack Center. A post-fight drug test had Chavez testing positive for marijuana. The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Chavez nine months and fined him $900,000; the fine was later reduced to $100,000.

 

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Larry Holmes, Julio Cesar Chavez confirm attendance for induction ceremony

Larry Holmes and Julio Cesar Chavez are among the fighters to be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony Aug. 10 at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. Both confirmed this week they will be attending.

Holmes, one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time, is stoked about his impending enshrinement.

“I’m honored to be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, and I want to express my appreciation to all those who voted for me,” said Holmes, 63. “Vegas has always been my home away from home. There’s nothing like Las Vegas.”

Holmes went 69-6 with 44 knockouts. He had victories in Las Vegas over the likes of Muhammad Ali, Michael Spinks, Gerry Cooney and Earnie Shavers.

Chavez, of Mexico, also had a lot of his big wins in Las Vegas. Included therein was his 12th-round TKO of Meldrick Taylor in 1990 that stirred great controversy when referee Richard Steele stopped the fight with two seconds left of a fight in which Taylor was ahead on points on two of the three scorecards.

“… I am humbled by it,” Chavez said of his induction. “I would also like to say thank you to the guys that I faced over my career. I appreciate all of you. I enjoyed the competition and it was an honor to face you.”

Chavez finished 107-6-2 with 86 knockouts and won world titles in three weight classes.

Both Holmes and Chavez have already been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Tickets for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera at Staples Center on sale Friday

Tickets for the super middleweight main event between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera slated for Sept. 7 at Staples Center (on HBO) will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Sergio Martinez, who took Chavez’s middleweight title on Sept. 15 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Afterward, Chavez tested positive for marijuana and was fined and suspended nine months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Vera (23-6, 14 KOs) is from Austin, Texas. He is on a four-fight winning streak.

Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $250. They can be purchased by calling 888-929-7849, by going online at www.axs.com or through the Staples Center box office.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s fine for testing positive for marijuana reduced by a lot

When Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tested positive for marijuana in his post-fight drug test following his middleweight title-fight loss to Sergio Martinez last September, there was outcry when the Nevada State Athletic Commission fined him a whopping $900,000, to go along with suspending him nine months.

Marijuana is not going to help a fighter in the ring like steroids, many bellowed. And the fine was nearly a third of his $3 million  purse. On Friday, the commission reduced the fine to $100,000.

An Associated Press story said Chavez’s lawyers argued that the large fine violated Chavez’s constitutional rights. ESPN.com reported that Chavez’s lawyers had been preparing a lawsuit against the commission because of the fine.

Chavez was looked upon as a repeat offender by the commission because he tested positive for diuretics in 2009.

 

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