TIJUANA, Mexico -- World Boxing Council junior lightweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, who was scheduled to defend his title Friday night against Danilo Cabrera, said his next fight will be this fall for the World Boxing Association lightweight championship.
Chavez is contracted to fight WBA lightweight champion Edwin Rosario Nov. 28 regardless of the outcome of Friday's title bout with Cabrera, which was billed as a super featherweight match.
'I would be glad to meet (Rocky) Lockridge again to unify the super featherweight title, but after I beat Rosario in November, they will be coming after me,' said Chavez, who was making his fourth title defense.
Chavez, who entered Friday's bout with a 53-0 record, defended his crown against Lockridge, now the WBA junior lightweight champ, Aug. 3, 1986. He won a 12-round decision. He has also stopped former champions Juan LaPorte and Roger Mayweather.
He won the title in Los Angeles on Sept. 13, 1984 when Mario Martinez could not answer the bell after the eighth round.
'Lockridge and LaPorte were the toughest fighters I have faced,' said Chavez, who notched a string of 20 knockouts that ended in 1982 when he won a 10-round decision over Benny Abarca in Tijuana. Chavez floored his next 11 opponents and has scored 45 knockouts since turning pro in 1980.
Cabrera, a native of the Dominican Republic, took a 28-4-1 mark with 21 knockouts into the title bout. He has had two featherweight title shots in his career and lost both. Former WBA champ Barry McGuigan scored a 14th-round TKO over Cabrera on Feb. 21. 1986. WBC champ Azumah Nelson stopped him in 10 rounds four months later.
Cabrera's last fight was a fifth-round TKO of Rafael Arias on June 8.
Chavez is a favorite son of Mexico and his presence has set the sprawling border city abuzz. Dozens of fans crowded the street outside Chavez's gym in the week leading up to the bout.
The fight took place in a ring built on the infield of the race track. Rather than cancel the usual Friday night greyhound racing, track officials planned to send the dogs to the post between bouts.