Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was able to weigh in just under the renegotiated weight limit of 173 pounds for his HBO-televised fight with Bryan Vera at Friday’s weigh-in in Los Angeles. Chavez weighed 172.4 pounds. Vera, who was prepared to weigh-in at or under 168 pounds, came in at 171.2.
So the fight that was originally set at a 163-pound catchweight but was increaded to the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds after a cut Chavez’s suffered in training pushed the fight from Sept. 7 to tomorrow night is now officially a light heavyweight contest.
Chavez, a former WBC middleweight titleholder who has clearly outgrown the 160-pound division (and maybe the 168-pound division), will face Vera, a middleweight contender, in a scheduled 12-round bout at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday.
A full feature report from Mike Coppinger, who was at today’s weigh-in, will be posted later.