Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to get title shot June 4 in Los Angeles, promoter Bob Arum says
Arum said the card would be a tribute to Chavez's father, the former world champion who is scheduled to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame the next week. Chavez Sr. won his first world title at Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium.
The promoter met with Dodger Stadium officials Tuesday and discussed a plan to place the boxing ring in right-center field, with seating for as many as 30,000 fans and tickets priced between $25 and $300. Arum said he expected a decision by stadium authorities by next week.
"It was an excellent meeting, and the card will be beefed up tremendously," Arum said.
Chavez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) fought Jan. 29 after pulling out of a December card at Honda Center due to sickness. In Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs), he'll meet a fighter making his U.S. debut after a slew of German dates, including a July interim WBC title bout against Jorge Sebastian Heiland. The belt was then given to Zbik when it was taken from Sergio Martinez.
Arum said he planned to put new world lightweight champion Brandon Rios' first title defense on the Los Angeles card, and was working to get NFL player Tommy Zbikowski and former world champion Rafael Marquez in the ring, too.
-- Lance Pugmire
Photo: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters