Chavez Jr. to fight in Anaheim
Unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will fight Alfonso Gomez in the main event of a boxing card at Anaheim’s Honda Center on Dec. 4, promoter Bob
Arum told The Times. Chavez (41-0-1, 30 knockouts) is coming off a victory by unanimous decision over previously unbeaten John Duddy in a middleweight bout in June.
Arum said a victory over Gomez (22-4-2, 11KOs), a former entrant on the reality television series “The Contender,” would earn Chavez a shot at world junior-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. Arum said Cotto, of Puerto Rico, has been off because of surgery on his left shoulder for what Arum described as a rotator cuff issue. Cotto will fight again in early 2011, Arum said.
The Anaheim card is also scheduled to include a world lightweight title fight between champion
Humberto Soto and challenger Urbano Antillon (28-1, 20 KOs) from Maywood, a bout including unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios (25-0, 18 KOs) from Oxnard, and a fight between super-flyweight champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) of the Philippines and Volodymyr Sydorenko.
Russ Cochran shot an eight-under-par 64, making six birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of the round and eagling No. 17, to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Pernice Jr. in the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship at Cary, N.C.
Cochran, coming off his first victory on the 50and-over tour two weeks ago in South Korea, had the best first-round score in the history of the tournament. Pernice had a hole in one on the 188-yard 11th hole.
Bob Gilder and David Eger opened with 66s, and Nick Price and Ted Schulz followed at 67. Bernhard Langer, the tour leader with five victories, and Fred Couples had 71s.
Fashion Trend, a gray daughter of the stakes-winning sire Petionville, roared past favored Saint Isabelle on the far turn and went on to score an impressive 51⁄ 4-length victory over that rival in the $50,000 Palomares Stakes at Fairplex Park. Ridden by Felipe Valdez, who replaced sidelined
Martin Pedroza, Fashion Trend earned $28,000 for owners Robert B. and Beverly Lewis Trust in the 11⁄ 16-mile race. She covered the distance in 1:45.54 under 119 pounds and paid $10. Saint Isabelle held on for second under David Flores. Not Here finished third in the field of six 3-year-old fillies.