Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Lem's latest: Chavez case review, Williams update
Julio Cesar Chavez's positive post-fight drug test case will be reviewed in February; Plus, a Paul Williams update and a look at 6-foot-5 junior middleweight prospect Alantez Fox.
An attorney for former WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. provided "a status update" concerning the fighter's positive post-fight drug test to the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, and said that he will be ready for an official review of the case in February, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.
Having tested positive for marijuana metabolites consistent with the use of the drug in the aftermath of his unanimous decision los to RING champion Sergio Martinez in Las Vegas last September, Chavez's infraction could lead to a suspension, a fine or both. Kizer said Chavez is being represented by Las Vegas-based Colby Williams and Don Campbell of the Campbell and Williams law firm.
"We're still in the process of going through the formalities of securing his new visa so that he can re-enter the United States," said Sean Gibbons of of Chavez's Mexican-based promoter, Zanfer Promotions. "Today was just his attorneys letting the Nevada Commission know that we're in the process of doing that."
"The attorney just gave us an update in a nutshell. They said that (Chavez) has been in Mexico, and that he's hopeful that they will (get a visa) by next week," Kizer said.
"They're hoping to meet with Chavez face-to-face, and that after that, they see no reason why they shouldn't be ready to go during our normal February meeting which will be sometime during the second half of February."
TRAINER GEORGE PETERSON SAYS PAUL WILLIAMS' 'MINDSET IS STRONG'
Former two-time welterweight titleholder Paul Williams, who was paralyzed from the waist down following a motorcycle accident in May of last year near Atlanta, is "in good spirits" and living in Augusta, Ga., according to his manager and trainer, George Peterson.
"Only time and prayer will help his situation, and he's putting his time in," said Peterson. "We're putting our time in, and he's doing his out-patient rehab. His mindset is strong, and that's just Paul. He's coming along, and we all know that this is going to take time."
In the meantime, Peterson has two other fighters in action.
Peterson's junior middleweight Brandon Quarles (9-0, 2 KOs), of Alexandria, Va., has Friday night's clash of unbeaten fighters against hard-hitting Daquan Arnett (9-0, 6 KOs), of Winter Park, Fla., who will be after his fifth knockout in his six fights from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., on Showtime.
But Peterson will be in Sunrise, Fla., for a light heavyweight clash during which his fighter, Thomas Williams (11-0, 8 KOs), a 25-year-old from Fort Washington, Md., will pursue his fifth straight stoppage win against Damar Singleton (8-1, 4 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, at the B B and T Center.
RICO RAMOS TO FACE RONNY RIOS ON FRIDAY
Quarles-Arnett is part of a card to include junior lightweight Ronny Rios (19-0, 9 KOs), of Santa Ana, Calif., against former titleholder Rico Ramos (21-1, 11 KOs), of Pico Rivera, Calif., in the main event on ShoBox: The Next Generation.
Promoted by Golden Boy and a 22-year-old former national amateur champion, Rios is facing a 25-year-old in Ramos who is coming off June's majority decision victory over Efrain Esquivias to rebound from a sixth-round knockout loss by Guillermo Rigondeaux in January of last year.
Arnett, 20, will be in his ninth fight of the year against Quarles, 26, having fought once per month since May. Arnett's eight wins during 2012 included six knockouts, the last of which was a fourth-round stoppage victory over previously unbeaten Jeremiah Wiggins, who dropped him in the third round in November.
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