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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera rematch heats up

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vows to have “no weight problem” in advance of his 168-pound rematch with Bryan Vera, who promises “to beat Chavez decisively” on March 1 at the Alamodome in San Antonio in Vera’s home state of Texas.

“People are going to see I have the fire and hunger back,” said Chavez. “I have been training for five months and my weight is perfect.”

Vera lost a controversial 10-round unanimous decision to Chavez in California in September at a 173-pound catchweight because Chavez was not able to make the originally contracted weight.

“I plan to beat Chavez decisively this time… we have a new plan of attack — more movement, that kind of stuff. It’s going to be a lot different this time,” said Vera, who is handled by Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions. “I have fans from all parts of Texas plus former fans of Chávez who are now on my side because of what happened in our first fight.”

In a poll of 59 media members, 53 scored the bout in favor of Vera, with the remaining six calling it a draw. In its round-by-round, RingTV.com scored the fight for Vera, 97-93.

Click here for RingTV.com’s Chavez-Vera round-by-round.

“I thought I won the first fight,” said Vera. “My trainer, Ronnie Shields thought so too, and that got everyone in my corner excited.”

But Chavez was awarded the decision by scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 by Carla Caiz, Marty Denkin and Gwen Adair, respectively.

“When I heard a 98-92 score my heart told me I would not get my hand raised,” said Vera. “I was in sudden shock.”

According to CompuBox, Vera had a 176-125 advantage in overall punches landed, as well as winning 109-98 in power shots compared to Chavez.

“He is a big guy and is hard to hurt. In our first fight I thought the crowd over-reacted when he landed a few punches,” said Vera. “He ran around a lot, not fighting like he did against Andy Lee. Chavez caught me with a couple of big shots, but I wasn’t buzzed that much. I expected much more from him.”

Chavez has been out of the ring for a year before facing Vera, having fallen by unanimous decision to Ring and WBC 160-pound champion Sergio Martinez in September of 2012.

“The last time we fought, I was coming off a hurtful loss and was out of the ring for over a year,” said Chavez. “While training to fight Vera, I made a call to [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum saying I was having a weight problem and needed help. In that fight, I was maybe 40 or 50 percent of myself and deep inside I knew it would be a difficult fight.”

Chavez saw their fight differently than did Vera.

“I controlled the first fight and connected on more punches. The thing is that Vera actually thought he won the first fight which will make this fight even better,” said Chavez, who will be fined $250,000 of his purse if he fails to make weight against Vera this time. “He wants to win, but I have more hunger and no weight problem. I am more motivated. This fight will do away any doubt who is the better fighter.”

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (January 14, 2014) — Former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR., his opponent, Top-Five contender and tough Texan BRYAN VERA,Houston’s former World Lightweight Champion JUAN DIAZ, Hall of Fame Promoter BOB ARUM, Zanfer Promotions’FERNANDO BELTRAN, two-time heavyweight champion GEORGE FOREMAN and ARTHUR PELULLO,President of Banner Promotions, will host a news conference announcing the eagerly-awaited rematch — Chávez Jr. vs. Vera II — TODAY! January 16, in the Alamodome (Stadium Floor – South end.) Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. CT with the news conference beginning at 2:00 p.m. CT.

The press conference will be open to the public.

Chávez (47-1-1, 32 KOs), of Culiacán, México, making his 2014 debut in his first fight in San Antonio in over two years, and Vera (23-7, 14 KOs), of Austin, TX, will go mano a mano again in a super middleweight bout that both combatants vow will settle the score from their controversial September 28, 2013 fistic debate which was won by Chávez Jr. Chávez Jr. vs. Vera II will be televised live from the Alamodome, Saturday, March 1 on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

The telecast will open with two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and 2013 Prospect of the Year, VASYL LOMACHENKO (1-0, 1 KO), in only his second professional bout, challenging World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion ORLANDO SALIDO (40-12-2, 28 KOs), of México. Diaz (38-4, 19 KOs) will continue his comeback bid in the featured bout on the non-televised undercard.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to Chávez vs. Vera II go on sale This Friday! January 17, at Noon CT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.
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