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Arizona Approves Chavez License

June 3, 2000

PHOENIX (AP) _ The Arizona Boxing Commission has approved a license for Julio Cesar Chavez to fight Kostya Tszyu for the WBC super-lightweight championship July 29.

But the three commissioners also told Chavez that they will be watching to make sure he does not repeat the shoddy training that led to an October loss to Willy Wise.

Representatives from the boxing commission and the WBC are to visit Chavez’s training camp in the mountains near Mexico City 30 days before the fight. By that time, Chavez must weigh about 147 pounds, seven more than the super-lightweight limit.

If Chavez is heavier, the fight is off. He now weighs 162 pounds.

Chavez was once one of the world’s most dominant fighters and is a hero in Mexico. But the loss to Wise prompted Nevada boxing officials and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to question whether Chavez should be allowed to fight.

Chavez is ranked as the top contender, but in a letter to the State Boxing Commission, McCain described the proposed fight as a sham pitting a fighter in his prime against one who no longer has the necessary physical ability.

To make his case, Chavez submitted results of a medical exam and pleaded with the commission Friday to let him fight.

Matchmaker Dan Majeski also defended the planned bout.

``I don’t want anybody to compromise their integrity, especially Julio,″ he said. ``If this commission is going to err, I beg you to err on the side of caution.″

Commissioner Pat McGroder, a Phoenix attorney, told the Arizona Republic the medical evidence persuaded him to support issuing the license.

``I don’t want anyone to think I did not take Senator McCain’s comments seriously,″ he said.

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