Arum: Chavez-Vera Weight Limit Not Yet Determined

by David P. Greisman

Any change in the weight limit for this Saturday’s fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera has not been decided on just yet, according to promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

“We’re going to take a look at what the fighters weigh tomorrow and decide what the weight limit will be on the fight,” Arum said during a Sept. 24 media conference call. “Right now there’s no determination on that.”

The rumblings about this began on Monday after a tweet from David Faitelson of ESPN Deportes, who reported that the weight limit for the bout had been moved up to 173 pounds.

The early reports after Chavez-Vera was signed said that the bout would take place at 164 or 165 pounds, depending on which article you read. In July, it was reported that both fighters had agreed on the weight limit being the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds, according to Dan Rafael of

Arum chalked up this storyline to comments made by Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., who is training his son for the bout.

“I know what Julio Senior said, but I really believe that at the time he said it, he misspoke,” Arum said.

For what it’s worth, Chavez Jr. claimed on Tuesday that he currently weighs 173 pounds.

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

I mean I don't understand why fighters should have to fulfill the terms that they're legally bound to.

Comment by mrjoeblive on 09-25-2013

[QUOTE=edgarg;13779637]Are you so lacking in reading comprehension or is it that your irrational hatred drives you to make these despicable posts against someone who can't reply-because he never reads them. He'd probably garbage them anyway. Does it make you feel…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 09-25-2013

[QUOTE=edgarg;13780439]So I don't see what the fuss is all about. It's so easy to stir up trouble here.[/QUOTE] Seriously? You don't see what all the fuss is about? Wow. Just wow. Is there ever a time when you don't rush…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 09-25-2013

[QUOTE=edgarg;13780439]That's not their intention as far as I can understand. Chavez may still make the weight. Arum was asked a question about Chavez' weight and he responded-he was saying that he didn't know. I've already suggested elsewhere that there is…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 09-25-2013

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