Vera’s Promoter: Better to Have Chavez Rematch on HBO

by David P. Greisman

The rematch between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera — a sequel to the controversies that came in before and after their September bout — has been pushed back from a potential December independent pay-per-view to a February date, likely on HBO.

That makes sense, of course, as there’s more money for the promoters and fighters in such a broadcast.

BoxingScene’s David P. Greisman spoke briefly with Vera’s promoter, Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, on Oct. 18 at the weigh-in for the bout between Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov. What are your thoughts on the delay of the rematch between Chavez and Vera?

Pelullo: “I believe the delay of the rematch was because Chavez couldn’t make weight before Christmas and New Year’s, and we’re looking to do it in February with Bob.” Do you think it’s a better business move, having the rematch on HBO instead of an independent pay-per-view? I know the plan had originally been to do an independent pay-per-view if HBO hadn’t picked the bout up for December.

Pelullo: “It’s better for both fighters that it’s on HBO.” And Brian and you are OK with waiting until February?

Pelullo: “Sure. Because Brian wants to have a nice Christmas, too. And Brian this time will hopefully get a clear-cut decision in Texas.” What weight is the rematch going to be at?

Pelullo: “We’re talking about 168, max.” And do you think that’s actually going to happen?

Pelullo: “Well, I think there’s going to be a lot of fines in the contract this time prior to signing.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .Mexico. on 10-19-2013

[QUOTE=tdub2222;13855047]he wants to have a nice xmas lol!!! and lmao at chavez not being able to make weight, we know u beat him vera you should move on unless its at 160[/QUOTE] move on to what? please tell us. Chavez…

Comment by LOWBLOW_CHAMP on 10-19-2013

he wants to have a nice xmas lol!!! and lmao at chavez not being able to make weight, we know u beat him vera you should move on unless its at 160

Comment by $Bullsfam$ on 10-19-2013

Might as well get paid if your going to get robbed. If Chavez is in shape could be a different fight but I think Vera will put him through hell again because he can keep the same workrate all night.…

Comment by .Mexico. on 10-19-2013

El Dinero De Vaca will Strike Again.

Comment by Johnny_Roa on 10-19-2013

he'll get robbed again sadly.. he should have asked for 160, but most likely he's fighting for the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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