Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Brian Vera on August 3rd
By Allan Fox: Middleweight contender Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s) is saying he’ll be facing former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) on August 3rd in a venue still to be determined. The fight will be a catch-weight fight at 164 or 165 lbs.
Chavez Jr. says he’s going to be moving up to super middleweight and this is a fight that will get his feet wet to see how he does at this weight.
Whether he struggles or not, Chavez Jr. is going to have to make the move to 168 or 175 in the near future because boiling down from the 190s to get to 160 has got to be an incredibly difficult ordeal for Chavez Jr.
This isn’t really all that surprising that the 31-year-old Vera is getting the fight because we had recently heard that Chavez Jr’s team had decided not to face middleweight contender Darren Barker next.
Vera makes more sense because he’s arguably more suited to Chavez Jr’s brawling style compared to Barker, who has good boxing skills in addition to his excellent power.
Barker would no doubt have used Sergio Martinez’s recent win over Chavez Jr. as a blueprint in how to beat him. With Vera, he doesn’t have the ability to box even if he wanted to. He literally lives and dies by his ability to slug.
Vera said on his twitter: “Aug 3rd on HBO main event against Chavez jr #winning#shock the world.”
Vera has good power and he’s also a fighter that tends to put on a lot of weight after he rehydrates. However, he’s not going to be nearly as heavy as Chavez Jr. Depending on how Chavez Jr. handles the weight loss to get down to 165, this could be an easy for difficult fight for him.
Vera isn’t an easy out and he’s got a good right hand and he could give Chavez Jr. more problems than some of his past opponents like Andy Lee and Marco Antonio Rubio.
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