Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be sharing a special billing with his famous father…
The 34-year-old Mexican boxer, who held the WBC middleweight title from 2011 to 2012, will return to the ring on Friday, September 25 in an event that includes his legendary father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
Chávez Jr. will face Mario Cazares in an event to take place in Tijuana, Mexico, while his former professional boxer dad, a multiple-time world champion, will fight in an exhibition bout against Jorge “Travieso” Arce.
Chavez Jr. (51-4-1, 33 KOs) will face Cazares (11-0, 5 KOs) in a sanctioned 10-round light heavyweight bout. Cazares was the last fighter to defeat Canelo Alvarez as an amateur in 2004.
Chavez Jr. had planned to return October 17, but his father persuaded him to join his exhibition card.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission placed Chavez Jr. under indefinite suspension for refusing a random drug test ahead of his bout against Daniel Jacobs on December 20. That middleweight fight eventually took place in Phoenix, where Chavez Jr. quit in the fifth round with a broken nose to boos from the crowd.
The fight took place after Chavez Jr. won a temporary restraining order lifting the Nevada ban. However, the suspension was reinstated a few months later. Chavez Jr. has been training in California since.
Chavez Sr. and four-division champion and fellow Mexican legend Arce, will headline the card.
This is the third exhibition bout between Chavez Sr. and Arce. Another of Chavez Sr.’s sons, Omar (38-6-1, 25 KOs), joins the card in his first fight since a loss to Oziel Santoyo in June 2019. Arce’s nephew, Karim Arce (16-2, 7 KOs), is also scheduled to fight.
The event will be streamed live on pay-per-view.