Which Legendary Fighter Will Return To The Ring For Charity?
While it may not be getting the publicity that Mike Tyson v. Roy Jones Jr. is getting, another fight featuring a boxing great is set to take place in September.
The World Boxing Council announced that Julio Cesar Chavez will fight for the third time in an exhibition bout against Jorge Arce. On September 25, the bout will be featured on superboletos.com and will be closed off to fans. It will take place by the Grand Hotel in Tijuana. According to Boxing Scene, proceeds from the fight will go towards those in Tijuana and Culiacan suffering from COVID-19. Proceeds will also go to granting scholarships for those with addiction issues.
Chavez (107-6-2) is a six-time world champion in three weight divisions. He won the WBC Light-Welterweight Title against Roger Mayweather on May 13, 1989, and won the WBC and lineal Light-Welterweight Titles from Frankie Randall on May 7, 1994. Chavez fought Randall three times, the first a loss via split decision in 1994. The rematch on May 7 of that year was the stuff of legend, with damage done to both men. The fight was called off due to how bad a cut was, but because Randall was losing by a point, Chavez earned the win.
The two wouldn’t face off again until 2004, when Chavez beat him on May 22 via unanimous decision. That was his last fight in Mexico before retiring after two more bouts.
Arce (64-8-2, 1 NC) is a former four-weight champion. He held titles within the light-flyweight, super-flyweight, and bantamweight division. During a 26-fight win streak, Arce held the WBC Flyweight and WBC Light-Flyweight Titles. He ended his career 3-2 in five fights.
Wearing headgear, both have won titles in the two times they have fought.
Additionally, Chavez’s son, Julio Cear Chavez Jr. (51-4-1, 1 NC) will also be competing on the card. A former WBC Middleweight Champion, Chavez is 3-3 in his last six fights. Chavez has been suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission due to his refusal to take part in a VADA test before a clash with Daniel Jacobs in Phoenix. The suspension is pending a hearing that will take place on August 5.
“If they want to resume their careers, this will serve them for when there is already an audience,” Chavez Sr. stated regarding Jr. and Omar Chavez, who will also be fighting. “Let’s see how Julio develops and how Omar looks. Julio plans to fight in October in Monterrey, but he is going to do the exhibition on September 25, and Omar will fight professionally over eight rounds.”