Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and No. 1 contender Bryan Vera formally announced their fight at a packed Los Angeles press conference on Thursday.
The fight takes place on Saturday, September 28 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Speaking at the press conference Chavez Jr, 46-1-1-(32), said: "Vera is the real deal, a warrior. Years ago I sparred a few rounds against Vera when I was in Dallas during the Pacquiao vs. Margarito event. Vera was pretty intense and I knew he could fight.
“We were in a ring set up inside of the Gaylord Hotel. So this fight on September 28 will be challenging for me. I am just so happy getting back into the ring after such a long layoff. I think about the Sergio Martinez fight every day. A little of me died inside when I lost that fight. Could I have done better? Of course I should have but it did not happen. Now we have Vera who is aggressive and punches hard. I wanted to come back against a great fighter and Vera is all of that. I plan to win this fight and then we will discuss my plans for 2014."
“We could have stayed around and fought WBO champion Peter Quillin but we know what is at stake with all of this,” said Vera,23-6-(14). “I feel like I been in camp for three fights. I expect to be victorious in a great fight on September 28th.”
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