Reports have been off and on to whether Chavez Jr. will fight this weekend, December 4, 2010, in Anaheim, California, as scheduled.
This weekend, reports surfaced that Chavez has had the flu, and that the fight may be cancelled. His original opponent, Alfonso Gomez, was forced to withdraw last week due to a torn elbow ligament, but was quickly replaced by Pawel Wolak.
Today, Top Rank had a conference call scheduled that has now been rescheduled for tomorrow to report the status of Chavez and the status of the “In Harm’s Way” bout.
There have many speculations floating around that the fight was off, on, and then off again, as well as reports that Chavez, Jr. was seen in the gym training today.
Regardless of speculation, The World Boxing Council released this statement on the WBC website earlier today implying that the fight has been cancelled.
The World Boxing Council Statement:
“The World Boxing Council praises today the decision made by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to not fight this coming Saturday, considering that as he is a potential world champion, he did not want to run any risk stepping into a ring while being sick.”
“The young fighter born in Sinaloa, who is one of the best Mexican fighters in current times, has had the flu and it has not let him prepare at one hundred percent; therefore he did not want to run the risk under such conditions. Chavez Jr. was scheduled to face Pawel Wolak, of the U.S.A.”
Regardless of the WBC statement, we cannot confirm if the fight has been cancelled, and just hasn’t been officially announced by Top Rank.
We will bring you more information as this story develops.
You can visit the WBC website at: http://www.wbcboxing.com/
You can visit Top Rank, Inc at: http://www.toprank.com/