From the concourse in front of the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior dodged the first bullet from the proverbial gun of his detractors by comfortably making the contracted Super Middleweight limit of 168 pounds.
Both Chavez and Vera weighed in at approximately 167.5 pounds, with both men looking strong and having more than enough time to replenish and rehydrate, due to the unusually early 2PM EST weigh in time. After the former WBC Middleweight title holder successfully made weight, Junior held a giant replica of a voided cashiers check made out to Bryan Vera to the sum of $250,000.00.
Chavez Junior had very little to say after the official weigh in concluded.
“I made weight today…and I’m going to win tomorrow,” declared Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Not surprisingly, the Austin, Texas native had a huge amount of support in attendance, while Chavez still enjoyed the chants from his die-hard Mexican supporters.
“I want to thank everyone who came out to support me,” stated Bryan Vera. “You’re going to see a great fight tomorrow night.”
In the co-main event, Orlando Salido failed to make the Featherweight limit of 126 pounds by scaling in at a very heavy 128.25 pounds. While his opponent, former two time Olympic Gold Medal winner Vasyl Lomachenko, comfortably weighed in at 125.25.
Salido officially elected to relinquish his title with a $15K monetary penalty, rather than dangerously attempting to shed the extra weight and defend his WBO belt.
Vasyl Lomachenko will be the only fighter competing for the coveted WBO Featherweight title tomorrow night.
Both fights will be televised on “HBO: World Championship Boxing” with a start time of 9:45 PM EST/PST.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, remaining tickets to Chávez vs. Vera II, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.