Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to Face Bryan Vera in March Super Middleweight Bout

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Brian Vera (L) lands a left hand to the head of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. during their Light Heavyweight bout at StubHub Center on September 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2014

Bryan Vera (23-7, 14 KOswill get an opportunity to redeem himself against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KOs) after a controversial judges' decision in September 2013 brought an end to his four-fight winning streak.

According to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, a rematch at 168 pounds has been set for March 1 inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

More details surrounding the 12-round super middleweight fight will become available later this week. According to Rafael, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has scheduled a news conference for Thursday, Jan. 16 in San Antonio.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. celebrates his Light Heavyweight victory over Brian Vera at StubHub Center on September 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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With tons of debate surrounding the legitimacy of Chavez's victory in the first fight back on Sept. 28, there's no doubt that a rematch is warranted. Although it won't change the outcome of their first meeting, Vera certainly deserves a second chance. 

Unsurprisingly, Vera's promoter, Artie Pelullo was critical of the judges after the first meeting and called the result a "travesty," per Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole:

The one judge had it 98-92, which basically means that Bryan Vera wasn't even in the fight and they didn't give him credit for a thing he did. They gave him no credit for the quality of the fight that he had. It's like he didn't exist. It's unbelievable. I told the commissioner [Andy Foster, of the California State Athletic Commission], 'A judge in Nevada lost her job for doing this kind of thing.' 98-92? 97-93? What are you watching?

While Pelullo is obviously biased in his assessment, you won't find many who disagree with Vera's corner, per Iole:

"Yahoo Sports scored it 96-94 for Vera, who threw nearly twice as many punches as Chavez and landed 51 more over the course of the 10-round fight."

As Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix points out, in addition to the Chavez-Vera rematch, March's card will feature an intriguing clash between Orlando Salido of Mexico and the Ukraine's Vasyl Lomachenko:

Salido is a three-time featherweight titlist while Lomachenko is a two-time Olympic gold medalist with just one professional bout under his belt. 

Barring another poor performance by the judges, this upcoming card is sure to deliver.


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