It’s been officially announced and posted to boxrec.com, so it’s time for the Fistic Mystic to acknowledge it: Matt Vanda is scheduled to fight on July 12 in Veracruz, Mexico.
Vanda will be the opponent for another major up-and-coming name in the sport of boxing. Last time it was top-ten ranked middleweight Sebastien Demers, this time it’s the son of the great JCC – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Chavez’s career so far is a good example of clever management and smart development. Chavez, with 36 wins already at the tender age of 22 years, has yet to fight for a major title. Instead he’s been busy fighting every couple of months, winning minor regional titles from minor regional champions, piling up wins and gaining tons of experience against a wide variety of opponents.
Some people say that Chavez Jr. doesn’t measure up to his old man or that he’s yet to accomplish anything notable, but they fail to see the big picture – when Chavez and his management team finally decide that he’s ready for the big time, he’ll have a stellar record and he’ll be an experienced veteran at a young age. And that’ll be no accident. It’ll be proof of intelligence in Mexico.
Vanda and Chavez Jr. will face off July 12 in the main event of the “Latin Fury” PPV event promoted by Bob Arum. The bout will be contested at junior middleweight and no belts are expected to be at stake. Most importantly, this PPV event is expected to be free to all cable and satellite subscribers!