Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Lem's latest: Verdejo on Garcia-Salido card; Wach admits to doping
Puerto Rican junior lightweight Felix Verdejo will be after his second straight win against an opponent to be determined on the undercard of a Jan. 19 clash between Orlando Salido and Mikey Garcia at Madison Square Garden.
Recent Top Rank signee, Felix Verdejo will pursue his second junior lightweight victory against an opponent to be determined on the undercard of a Jan. 19 main event features unbeaten featherweight contender Mikey Garcia and WBO beltholder Orlando Salido.in a clash of Mexicans from The Theatre at New York's Madison Square on an HBO-televised triple-header..
Heading into an event that is being promoted by Top Rank as well as K2 Promotions, Garcia is 30-0 with 26 KOs, and Salido, 39-11-2 with 27 KOs.
A Puerto Rican lightweight at the 2012 Olympic Games, Verdejo (1-0) won twice prior to losing to eventual gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine.
Verdejo is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win in his debut on Dec. 6 over Leonardo Chavez (1-1, 1 KO) at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The event also has Philadelphia-based junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) in pursuit of his eighth straight triumph and his sixth stoppage win during that run against Kazakhstan-born WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs), who will be after his 12th consecutive knockout.
Polish-born challenger Mariusz Wach has admitted to has admitted to having used an unidentified performing enhancing drug in advance of November's unanimous decision loss to RING IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who won for the 17th consecutive time.
"Doping was poured into my system for a long time. My suspicions fall on the coaches. I plan to conduct my own investigation, but won't make the results public," said Wach, who was able to absorb a tremendous amount of punishment against Klitschko.
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CRUISERWEIGHT AGRON DZILA EYES AMERICAN DEBUT
Cruiserweight Agron Dzila (17-1-0, 13 KOs) will be after his 11th straight win, his ninth knockout during that time and his eighth straight stoppage victory when he enters the ring on April 20 against an opponent to be determined in Mehrzweckhalle, Mietingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Dzila already has fought in seven countries, comprised of Austria, Croatia, Germany, Kenya, Macedonia, Slovakia and Switzerland, and wants to debut in American in September.
TONY LUIS FACES MIGUEL GONZALEZ ON JAN. 25
Canadian junior welterweight Tony "Lighting" Luis (15-0, 7 KOs) will pursue his fifth consecutive stoppage victory on Jan. 25 when the he meets Cleveland's hard-hitting Miguel Gonzalez (20-3, 15 KOs) on ESPN's Friday Night Fights from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y.
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