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After losing his undefeated status to middleweight champion Sergio Martinez last September and serving a subsequent suspension for using marijuana, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1 , 32 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday to face Brian Vera (23-6-0, 14 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Originally contracted for 168 pounds, the fight will be contested at a catch weight of 173 pounds due to Chavez's issues making weight. The fight also offers Chavez a chance at vindication after not only suffering his first defeat, but the full-year absence from the ring that followed.
Here are five keys to victory for Chavez against Vera: