Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to face Andrzej Fonfara on April 18 in Carson

March 9, 2015

Local Southern California fans will get another opportunity to watch Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) in action on Saturday, April 18, when he returns to Carson's StubHub Center to face contender Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout.   The fight will be televised on Showtime.

Chavez, 29, has campaigned at middleweight and super middleweight the past few years, but has had trouble making weight in those divisions.  This will be his first fight at light heavyweight.

"I'm excited to get back in the ring and remind everyone that I'm one of the best fighters in the world," said Chavez Jr. "I have a tough test on April 18, but I am going to pass with flying colors and I look forward to taking on any challengers after that."

It also marks a return for Chavez Junior to the scene of his controversial first fight with Bryan Vera in which Chavez showed up out of shape and then struggled against the more active Vera.  Chavez Junior was awarded with a decision victory nevertheless.

The oldest son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, Junior is a former middleweight world champion looking to earn himself another world title shot. Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, Chavez Jr. turned pro in 2003 and posted a record of 41-0-1 against mainly tomato can opposition.  He earned a middleweight world title shot against Sebastian Zbik, which he won by majority decision. He eventually lost that belt in 2012 to Sergio Martinez, in a bout Martinez thoroughly dominated up until a late Chavez rally in Round 12.

Chavez's opponent, Fonfara, was born in Poland, fights out of Chicago, and is a 27-year-old late-bloomer.  Last year, he battled lineal light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson for 12 tough rounds in a decision loss.  Fonfara's most recent win came in November 2014 when he dominated Doudou Ngumbu, earning him this chance against Chavez Jr.

"This is another great opportunity for me and I'm very thankful to have it," said Fonfara. "I've been in there with the best fighters in the world and as always I'm going to try to put on a show for the fans and walk out victorious."

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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