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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. back to boxing

Updated: July 18, 2013, 9:49 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

After a year away from boxing following the loss of his middleweight world title and a subsequent suspension and controversial fine for a positive drug test, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring.

Chavez, moving up in weight, will face battle-tested Brian Vera in a scheduled 12-round super middleweight bout Sept. 7 (HBO) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, promoter Top Rank announced Wednesday.

"It's a fan-friendly fight. We know how Chavez fights, and there is no ...

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