There had been a cloud of doubt surrounding Friday’s scheduled DAZN main event between Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but unless there’s some problem on the scales on Friday — knock on wood — the fight is finally, officially good to go.
Chavez, 33, has issues with the Nevada commission stemming from evading VADA drug tests, which saw him suspended by the commission there. As a result, Matchroom Boxing moved this event to Phoenix, which further angered the Nevada commission.
But a judge in Nevada has issued a temporary restraining order in the case, allowing Jacobs-Chavez to go on in Arizona without any further issue, at least for now.
Matchroom has had Gabriel Rosado on standby in case Chavez did not get licensed in Arizona.
Jacobs (35-3, 29 KO) is a former middleweight titleholder moving up to super middleweight for this fight, seven months after his loss to Canelo Alvarez. The 32-year-old Jacobs is hoping to make a splash at 168 and move into a title fight in 2020.
Chavez (51-3-1, 33 KO) hasn’t really been relevant in some time. The last time most saw him fight, he was getting routed in a miserable performance against Canelo in May 2017, and has struggled ever since his 2012 loss to Sergio Martinez.