The target date for the super middleweight rematch between former middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera is now March 1, Top Rank's Bob Arum told ESPN.com.
Arum had hoped to schedule the fight for Feb. 8, but he said that HBO, which plans to buy the fight, didn't want to air it in February during the Winter Olympics, which will run from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23 in Sochi, Russia.
"So we are zeroing on March 1," Arum said. "I have to conclude the deal with [Vera promoter] Artie [Pelullo], but we're real close. No problems."
Chavez (47-1-1, 32 KOs), who was coming off a year out of the ring because of a drug suspension after his loss to middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, won a heavily disputed unanimous decision against Vera (23-7, 14 KOs) on Sept. 28, prompting a rematch. Chavez had signed for the fight at 168 pounds, but because he wasn't in shape for the fight, he wound up making a side deal with Vera's camp to pay him an extra six-figures sum to move the limit to 173 pounds. The rematch will be contracted at 168, Arum said.
The venue isn't set yet, but Arum said the fight could be in Texas or possibly Los Angeles at the renovated Great Western Forum, which re-opens in January.
The proposed co-feature for the card would see two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO) of Ukraine go for a featherweight world title in his second pro fight against Mexico's Orlando Salido (40-12-2, 28 KOs), who reclaimed a world title on Oct. 12 on the same card on which Lomachenko made his pro debut with a fourth-round knockout victory against Jose Luis Ramirez.
Initially, Salido-Lomachenko was going to take place on Jan. 25 in New York, but it was moved because Lomachenko is nursing a hand injury.
"Lomachenko's hand was bothering him, so I had him see a doctor in Los Angeles and he had a minor procedure, and he's coming around," Arum said. "He asked for another month to get ready, so we moved the fight from Jan. 25. It was nothing serious, something with a ligament in his finger."