Former world champion Jesus “Matador” Chavez arrived today in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico for his fight against current WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto this Saturday night in the CUM arena where local hero Alex Valdez will challenge Nehomar Cermeno for the WBA interim bantamweight crown. “I have not fought in Mexico in nearly nine years and I’m looking forward to this fight because it’s so close to my home state of Chihuahua and friends and family will have a chance to see me fight live,” said Chavez.
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Chavez’ fight against Soto and Valdez’ clash against Cermeno are part of the big championship doubleheader that Top Rank pay-per-view will televise in the United States this Saturday. On the television main event Kelly Pavlik will defend his WBC and WBO belts against Miguel Espino from the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. The opening fight of the night on TV will feature undefeated world ranked contender Vanes Martinrosyan against Willie Lee for the NABF super welterweight crown.
“I’m training for this fight in Mexico City because it’s very important for my career. A win here will put me back in the mix for a championship fight next year,” said Chavez a former WBC super featherweight champion and IBF lightweight world champion.
“The altitude in Mexico City has allowed me to be in better condition plus I had some very good sparring there. I sparred with Antonio Pitalua and Antonio Mungia and it really helped me,” said Chavez.
“I know Humberto Soto is a good fighter, but I have prepared myself very well for this fight and I’m looking for a big win. I think the fans are in for a great fight and I hope that they will enjoy it.”
Today the boxers visited the children’s cancer ward of a local hospital and presented them with some Christmas gifts.
The weigh-in is scheduled for Friday at 3:00 pm and it will held outside the venue in an open air plaza. The public is invited.