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Chavez Jr. Fight Update: Cohen Stadium Looking Good

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Cohen Stadium, built in 1990 and home of the El Paso Diablos. Photo courtesy of diablos.com

As of 10:30 am Thursday, no decision has been made on the site for June 16th’s Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. title defense. However, El Paso’s chances of keeping the fight still look promising. This morning, I spoke with sports management marketing consultant Lester Bedford, and he reiterated El Paso’s fight to keep the event in town.

“We are continuing to work with city officials to try and make something happen. Our only choice in El Paso is Cohen Stadium. I’ve asked Bob Arum to give El Paso every chance possible to keep the fight.”

Cohen Stadium normally seats 10,000 for baseball games, but could accommodate an additional 3,000-4,000 fans on the field for boxing. Bedford said if they get a proposal and good assurance from City Council that they will vote next Tuesday, El Paso could still house the fight at Cohen Stadium. Bedford would not comment on the guarantee, but it is expected to be approximately one million dollars. As for ticket prices, Cohen’s smaller capacity would likely make a low-end ticket priced at $4o, and up to $300 for ringside.

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