Vera must push the pace against Chavez Jr.
By Dan Ambrose: Middleweight contender Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s) will likely be giving up 20+ pounds against what could be a nearly 200 lb. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) this Saturday night in their “Guess the weight” fight at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA.
Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum is no longer even bothering to say what the weight limit is for this fight, because the chances are that Chavez Jr. might not even be able to make the 173 lb. limit mentioned by his father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. recently.
The fight was supposed to be taking place at 168 after it was moved up two previously from 162 to 165, but there’s no way Chavez Jr. will be able to make 168.
The fight will take place no matter what weight Chavez Jr. comes in for this fight, but it just means that Vera is going to be facing a guy with a huge weight advantage over him.
Like I said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chavez Jr. comes into the fight at 200 lbs. for this fight. That’s the upper most of the cruiserweight limit. If Chavez Jr. comes over that, then he’ll be a heavyweight facing a middleweight. He won’t be a big heavyweight, but he’ll be a heavyweight none the less.
Vera obviously is going to get extra money for Chavez Jr. coming into the fight over the weight limit. Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum and Vera’s promoter Artie Pelullo aren’t saying how much money will change hands over the weight.
One would hope that Vera is going to get a significant amount because he’s one that’s going to be the one getting hit by a much bigger fighter than him. The fight has been shortened to from 12 rounds to 10, but that’s still a long time for a fighter to be pounded on by a much heavier fighter.
Vera’s only real chance of winning this fight is to jump on Chavez Jr. early and push a fast pace to try and wear him down over the 10 rounds.
Chavez Jr. hasn’t fought since last year in September, and he’s likely going to be showing signs of rust. But Vera can’t afford to stand in front of him for 10 rounds, because he’s going to be getting hit by a much bigger fighter with a lot of weight behind him.
Chavez Jr. really needs to think about moving up to light heavyweight in the future so that he doesn’t have to battle to make weight each time. If he can’t make 175 comfortably, then Chavez Jr. needs to move up to cruiserweight to battle it out with the likes of Marco Huck, Ola Afolabi and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.