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Flu forces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. off Saturday card

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has pulled out of a scheduled bout against Pawel Wolak this weekend at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., because of flu-like symptoms.

The pay-per-view event still will take place as scheduled Saturday. Mexican fighter Jose Pinzon will step in as Wolak's opponent.

Chavez (41-0-1, 30 KO) came down with the flu Wednesday, according to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, but the fighter had felt better as recently as Monday and still wished to compete in the fight.

When the 24-year-old Chavez woke up Tuesday with a temperature higher than 100 degrees, however, it was an easy decision to pull him from the event.

"On Monday, he thought he was better," Arum said. "He came into the gym and while he wasn't 100 percent, he appeared on the way to recovery.

"This morning, he woke up with a 103-degree fever and we thought it prudent at this point to eliminate him from the card."

Arum later estimated that between 4,500 and 5,000 tickets had been sold. Fans already holding tickets have the option of getting a refund because Chavez is off the card.

Saturday's former co-main event fight between former world champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KO) and Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KO) now will serve as the headlining fight.

Brett Okamoto can be reached at 948-7817 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at LVSunFighting

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