The manager of WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is trying to navigate a potential scheduling conflict that could prevent trainer Freddie Roach from being in Chavez’s corner for his defense against Ronald Hearns on Sept. 17 in Culiacan, Mexico.
Roach and assistant Alex Ariza, a strength and conditioning coach, have worked with the 25-year-old Chavez (43-0-1, 30 knockouts) for his past three fights. Ariza has promised to be present for Chavez-Hearns.
But it is unclear whether or not Roach will be available largely due to Top Rank Inc.’s promotional plans to include Roach in an early September press tour for the Nov. 12 third bout between WBO welterweight beltholder Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 knockouts) and WBO and WBA light weight titlist Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs).
“The fight will be between Chavez Jr. and Ronald Hearns will be on Sept. 17 in Mexico, and we’re working with Freddie on the dates now to see when he will be available,” said manager Billy Keane.
“The Chavez-Hearns fight was just confirmed with me over the weekend, so we have to check with Freddie’s schedule and I need to get with him to see when we can get him out there. We hope to have Freddie there at the very least for the fight and some training time in between also.”
Pacquiao and Marquez are to be in Manila, Philippines, for the tour’s kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 3. They are then slated to arrive in New York on Monday afternoon for a Tuesday press conference.
On Tuesday evening, the group will fly to Los Angeles for a press conference on either Wednesday or Thursday before leaving for Mexico City for the weekend.
Pacquiao battled to a disputed draw and won by spiit-decision victory, respectively, against Marquez in May of 2004 March of 2008. Their third bout is scheduled for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Frankie Gomez’s promotional stable mate and heavyweight Deontay Wilder will pursue his 18th knockout over the course of as many victories without a loss on Aug. 27 against Dominique Alexander (20-11-1, 9 KOs).
In addition, junior welterweight prospect Danny Garcia (21-0, 14 knockouts) will face former titleholder Kendall Holt on the Oct. 15 under card of a main event featuring RING/WBC light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson on HBO pay per view.
Gomez said that negotiations are ongoing for a junior lightweight bout to feature 21-year-old mandatory challenger Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) against WBO beltholder Ricky Burns (39-2, 9 KOs) of Scotland.
Broner is coming off of June’s first-round knockout of Jason Litzau, and Burns has won 17 consecutive fights since losing a decision to Carl Johanneson in 2007.
A Swiss not to miss
Veto (25-0, 19 KOs) will pursue his fourth straight knockout against Uganda’s Michael Kizza (22-6, 14 KOs) before his partisan fans at Sporthalle Schuetzenmatt, Burgdorf, Switzerland on Oct. 15.
Veto won his last bout on the under card of last month’s unanimous decision victory by Wladimir Klitschko over Davie Haye, this, with an eighth-round knockout of James Kimori.
“I can only remember that there were about three knockouts on the show, and his was one of them,” said Manny Steward, Wladimir Klitschko’s trainer. “I was impressed with him. He was pretty good. I think that he’s got a good future.”
Perhaps Veto’s biggest win over a name opponent was December’s eight-round unanimous decision over 43-year-old Alfred Kotey, who held a bantamweight belt in 1995.
Managed by Oliver Duetschler, Veto also owns a September of 2010 six-round decision over Germany’s Philip Schuster (17-1-1, 12 KOs), who was unbeaten when they met.
Veto does not have a promoter, but has fought five times on Klitschko under cards, according to Duetschler.