Former WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “was very upset and angry with myself” after testing positivie for marijuana in the wake of last September’s loss to Sergio Martinez.
Former light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal will face George Blades in a 180-pound bout on the Sept. 28 undercard of the Adonis Stevenson-Tavoris Cloud title fight.
HBO will broadcast a tripleheader on Sept. 28 featuring former and current titleholders in three marquee divisions fighting in three different countries.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s decision to not to face Brian Vera after suffering a cut during sparring was apparently motivated in part by his father’s 1996 bout against Oscar De La Hoya, which he lost by fourth-round knockout after a sparring wound over his left eye opened early and bled profusely.
The upcoming bouts in October veaturing Juan Manuel Marquez versus Tim Bradley and Mike Alvarado against Ruslan Provodnikov, followed by the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios fight in November, could lead to a round robin between the welterweights and 140 pounders.
Demetrius Andrade on fellow unbeaten 154-pound contender Vanes Martirosyan, who he fights on Sept. 7: “I was a 2008 Olympian and he made it in 2004. I will show him that if I was around in 2003 and 2004, he would not have made the team.”
Andre Berto still wants to be a player in the 147-pound division but after losing two of his last three bouts, the former two-time titleholder will have to prove he can do it by beating welterweight gatekeeper Jesus Soto Karass tonight. Find out who the gatekeepers are in boxing’s other divisions.