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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: I'll Try To Weigh 168-Pounds

By Keith Idec

Enigmatic ex-middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. flippantly indicated on a conference call Tuesday that he’ll try to get down to the contracted weight limit of 168 pounds for his super middleweight fight Saturday night against Bryan Vera.

Mexico’s Chavez, who hasn’t fought since losing to Sergio Martinez in a middleweight title fight last Sept. 15 in Las Vegas, added that he weighed 173 pounds Tuesday. Persistent speculation on social media sites Tuesday suggested Chavez would try to change the contract weight to 173 pounds, but he said that he wants to weigh 168 pounds before a California State Athletic Commission weigh-in Friday.

“I just think it’s time for me to move up to 168,” Chavez said. “That’s the goal for this fight. We want to do our best to get to that weight. … It’s not a championship fight, but we want to get as close to 168 as we can.”

Promoter Bob Arum acknowledged on the same a conference call Tuesday that he won’t determine until  sometime Wednesday what the weight limit will be for the Chavez-Vera fight at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Vera (23-6, 14 KOs) and his handlers likely will seek a substantial financial incentive before agreeing to encounter Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs, 1 NC) at a weight higher than 168 pounds in their HBO “World Championship Boxing” main event. Their fight already has been postponed twice, most recently because Chavez suffered a cut over his right eye during a sparring session last month.

“We’re going to take a look at what the fighters weigh tomorrow and decide what the weight limit will be on the fight,” said Arum, whose company, Top Rank Inc., promotes Chavez. “I know what Julio Sr. said [about Chavez Jr. not being able to make 168], but I really believe at the time he said it he misspoke.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BrushMyCage on 09-25-2013

i hope he dont die when he does try.

Comment by gills13 on 09-25-2013

if jc jr doesn't make the weight just fine him. anc let the fight speak for the fighters. ...its always been an issue for fighters. so sit back grab a cold one. save all the weight loss drama for your…

Comment by Alec900 on 09-25-2013

well if thats not too much trouble

Comment by shade darkar on 09-25-2013

ill try? WTF?? there needs to be a stricter standard punishment for failing to make weight because some guys are just taking the piss. its not fair for the opponent and its not fair for the paying customer. its ridiculous…

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 09-25-2013

This is insane. He is an Arum fighter and he defends him but if it was the other way around he be up in arms. Its not title fight so it is up to Vera and his camp if they…

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