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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s hand injured

August 25, 2011 |  7:42 pm


Julio Cesar Chavez's Sept. 17 fight is in peril after the WBC middleweight champion's hand injury is slow to heal.

Chavez advisor Billy Keane said Thursday that Chavez (43-0-1, 30 KOs) will be examined by a doctor in Mexico Friday, with a strong possibility his bout against Ronald Hearns in Culiacan, Mexico, honoring his legendary father will be cancelled.

Chavez also is scheduled to fight Nov. 19 in Houston against Peter Manfredo.

"He injured the hand three weeks ago when a ceiling fan cut it and he got a few stitches," Keane said Thursday night. "The hand is still tender and swollen. I told him it looks terrible. He wants to push forward, but hopefully the doctor -- no doctor will let him fight after seeing that."

Chavez Jr. has irked those close to him, notably promoter Bob Arum, by wishing to fight next month. Chavez is not working with his trainer, Freddie Roach, instead taking advice from the father of former bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel as well as his own father.

"What [Chavez] Senior lacks in modern technique, he makes up for in motivation and pushing Junior for a hard work ethic," Keane said.

Arum obviously hopes the Hearns bout gets scratched: "I want nothing to do with this fight. I'm opposed."

Also, Arum said he's opted to move bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire's scheduled Oct. 22 bout against Argentina's Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) from Home Depot Center in Carson to a Las Vegas venue yet to be determined.

Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since taking Montiel's WBC and WBO belts by second-round TKO in February.


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Photo: Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. blesses his son Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.  before his WBC middleweight title fight against Sebastian Zbik on June 4. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters