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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will fight Brian Vera at 173lbs on his return to the ring after he failed to make the 168lbs weight limit for a planned super-middleweight bout.
The 27-year-old Mexican, who is the son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, has not fought since Argentine Sergio Martinez defeated him to take his WBC middleweight crown on September 15 last year.
Chavez’s absence from the ring was taken up largely by a nine-month ban after testing positive for marijuana use. And, having signed up to meet American, Vera, at 168lbs, he later admitted that he was struggling to meet the limit.
The two fighters moved the weight to 173lbs and managed to come inside that number at the weigh-in on Friday.
Chavez, who has the one defeat to Martinez, a no contest and a draw in his 49 professional fights, is now determined to get his career back on track against Vera who has a 23-6 career record but has three successive wins under his belt going into this meeting.
“I am coming off a loss, and I want to show everyone what I am capable of doing,” said Chavez.
“I worked really hard and I’m looking forward to getting in the ring to show everyone that I’m back. Of course I want to regain the position where I was before the loss.”