Diego Chaves is still in his native Argentina due to visa issues in advance of Saturday’s scheduled welterweight clash with Brandon Rios.
Chaves (23-1, 19 knockouts) is supposed to meet Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. If not, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said that junior welterweight Jose Zepeda (19-0, 16 KOs) could replace Chaves.
Arum said the situation has resulted from a backlog within the United States Immigrations system stemming from a computer malfunction which has delayed thousands of visa applications.
“The only update is that the U.S. Consul in Argentina is trying to get the visa out of the f—king system,” said Arum, “and, so far, they haven’t been able to because the f—king system doesn’t work.”
A conference call with Rios and his trainer, Robert Garcia, was postponed on Tuesday.
NOEL AND ABEL GEVOR ON YOAN PABLO HERNANDEZ-FIRAT ARSLAN CARD
The Gevor brothers, Noel and Abel, will be featured on the Aug. 16 undercard of a main event featuring a defense by RING and IBF cruiserweight titleholder Yoan Pablo Hernandez against Firat Arslan, Sauerland Events announced on Tuesday.
Noel, 23, will put his record of 12-0 (7 KOs) on the line against Ismael Abdoul (54-29-2, 20 KOs), and Abel, a 21-year-old southpaw with a record of 7-0 (4 KOs), will face Attila Palko (17-13, 13 KOs).
Trained by their stepfather and former title challenger Khoren Gevor, Noel is a cruiserweight while Abel is a light heavyweight.
“It is good to see that my brother can prove himself on a bigger stage to make the next step,” said Noel, who had been fighting professionally a year longer than his younger sibling. “He is the better technician and the more talented boxer. This will be his first fight in front of a larger crowd, and he will have to handle that. Still, I am sure Abel will show what he is made of and beat Palko.”