By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Former WBC Middleweight champion and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and No. 1 contender Bryan Vera pose during a press conference in Los Angeles Thursday to announce their upcoming exciting battle which will take place, Saturday, September 28, under the stars, at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: I’m very excited to be coming back. It’s like a dream. I’ve been thinking about the comeback and it’s finally here and it’s a reality now. I see this as the beginning of the second part of my career, I’m coming with everything, very motivated. I’m going to show everyone that I want to be the best fighter in the world pound-for-pound.
Bryan Vera: We could have stuck around and fought WBO champion Peter Quillin, but we know what’s at stake with this. Obviously he has a big name. I feel like I’ve been in training camp already three times for this thing, but it’s kept me focused, develop good habits, training camp is on point right now. Be prepared to see a war. I know he comes to fight, I come to fight, we’ve both got good chins and I expect to be victorious!
Promoter Bob Arum: I don’t think anyone disputes [Julio’s] boxing ability, his punching ability, his stamina, and the fact that he never gives in and always keeps fighting. Some have criticized his determination outside of the ring and those criticisms to a large extent have been justified, but I really believe that with this fight Julio is turning over a new leaf and will be the fighter that we all know him to be: one of the great fighters in boxing.
Chavez’ new trainer Vladimir Baldenebro: I want to tank Julio for the opportunity he’s given me. I’ve always been there for him. He’s always treated me very well. I hope we show you something different for this fight. We’re looking forward to it because we know it’s a difficult fight, Bryan Vera is a very difficult fighter, it’s a tough fight, but we’re going to be ready for him.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions and Tecate, remaining tickets to Chávez vs. Vera, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $20 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the StubHub Center box office, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.