- Super middleweight
Cut forces Chavez to postpone bout
Former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. suffered a cut in sparring on Sunday forcing his super middleweight fight against Brian Vera next month to be postponed.
Chavez and Vera were due to meet on September 7 in an HBO-televised main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com on Monday night that the entire card has been postponed, including the co-feature between junior middleweight contenders Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) and Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), American Olympians who were due to meet for a vacant world title.
Moretti said that bout, along with other undercard fights, would be rescheduled along with the main event. "He got cut above the eye, but I don't even know which eye, except that they told me it was serious enough where we are going to have to push back the fight a few weeks," Moretti said. "He can't have contact for three weeks. So we will confer with HBO and try to figure out a date when we can reschedule the fight."
Given the difficulty of securing a Saturday night at the Staples Center in the autumn, Moretti said that the venue for the bout could change. "We have to match up the availability of the arena with the HBO schedule and go from there."
The fight is to be Chavez's first since last September, when he lost a lopsided decision and his belt to lineal 160-pound world champion Sergio Martinez, whom he knocked down and nearly stopped in the dramatic 12th round at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
After the fight Chavez tested positive for marijuana and served a nine-month suspension. In addition, he was fined $900,000 of his $3 million purse as a second-time offender under the drug policy of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but the fine was later reduced to $100,000 in a settlement with the commission after he threatened to sue over the size of the fine.
There will be speculation that Chavez, notoriously heavy between fights, was having problems getting down to the 168-pound limit for the fight, although his camp said that he was on track to make weight.
In addition, Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs), 27, son of the Mexican legend and Hall of Famer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., has had a problem getting a visa due to his failed drug test and previous DUI arrest. However, Moretti said the visa issue had finally been worked out on Monday.
"He actually got the visa [Monday] like he was supposed to, which is ironic," Moretti said. "He's got a full visa now. He we are sweating our [heads] off about the visa and it turns out he has a cut eye."
Vera (23-6, 14 KOs), 31, of Austin, Texas, was a participant in the 2007 season of "The Contender" reality series and has won six of his last seven bouts.
Dan Rafael has been ESPN.com's boxing writer since 2005