LAS VEGAS, NV (July 29, 2014) — Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today that the Visa for DIEGO “La Joya” CHAVES has CLEARED and that he will be traveling to Las Vegas to face BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS, as scheduled, on Saturday, August 2, at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., the former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter, will be making his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut against one-time interim world champion Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, in a 10-round welterweight battle. The co-main event will feature undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion “The Pride of Las Vegas” JESSIE VARGAS (24-0, 9 KOs), making his first title defense, against undefeated contender ANTON “The Pick Hammer” NOVIKOV (29-0, 10 KOs), of Kopeysk, Russia. Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, remaining tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200. Room / ticket packages are also available.
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