Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: "It'll be another tough fight with Bryan Vera, but I expect that I will be much better this time around"
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: "It'll be another tough fight with Bryan Vera, but I expect that I will be much better this time around" By SecondsOut.com on Doghouse Boxing (Jan 19, 2014) TweetFollow @DoghouseBoxing
SecondsOut.com: On the heels of their controversial collision which resulted in a hotly disputed decision, former WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez and Top-Five contender Bryan Vera will square off in a 12-round super middleweight battle in a rematch to settle their score once and for all.
This time Vera will enjoy the home court advantage when they meet, Saturday, March 1, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
Chávez Jr. vs. Vera II will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, in only his second professional bout, challenging World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Orlando Salido.
The non-televised undercard will feature former World Lightweight Champion Juan Diaz , of Houston, looking to extend his three-fight winning streak as he attempts to return to the top of the lightweight division after a three-year hiatus from boxing.
"Chávez Jr. will return to the ring to fight Vera, coming off that controversial decision last September in California," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. "Chávez Jr. agreed to do this rematch because of the nature of their first fight. We will also have on this card the great Olympian Vasyl Lomachenko, who will challenge defending WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido."
"We are looking forward to this opportunity to right a wrong that happened to Bryan in his last bout against Chávez Jr. on September 28 in California," said Arthur Pelullo, president of Banner Promotions. "Bryan fought like a warrior and was denied the victory -- not by Chávez Jr. but by the judges. As impossible as it seems, Bryan has been working even harder in the gym to get the win on March 1. I am looking forward to a great event."
"It will be another tough fight with Vera, but I expect that I will be much better this time around," Chávez told ESPN Deportes in a recent interview. "The long-layoff hurt me in the first fight, so I expect to be at my best this second time. I know I can do much better than the first time and I owe the fans a much better performance and that is what they will get when we meet on March 1 in San Antonio."
"I am looking forward to the rematch with Chávez," said Vera. "I know the fans want to see us fight again. especially after my very controversial loss to him. I lost on the very "questionable" scorecards, but to the fans, I was the winner. I’ve gained a lot of fans after the first fight. I am coming ready to fight and am set on a victory in my home state of Texas. I’ll be ready. You can count on that."