On July 23, Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira announced his upcoming fall fight with Omar Chavez. The Brazilian light middleweight boxer held the press conference at Miami Beach’s Smith & Wollensky from 5-6 p.m., followed by a cocktail hour and dinner.
Oliveira, 23, will face Chavez on October 12 in what is being dubbed “an international Brazil vs. Mexico contest.” Chavez and his famous father, Julio Cesar Chavez, were unable to attend the press conference, but Julio sent in a videotaped message, which Oliveira played for the audience, which said, in part, “Unfortunately we are not there tonight because I had eye surgery and couldn’t fly. Regarding the fight, I’m sure it’s going to be a tough fight between Michael and Omar. I hope the best fighter will win and I hope that will be my son. Brazil and Mexico are always good in soccer and this time they’re going to fight each other in the ring.”
Wealthy, college-educated Oliveira “doesn’t fight for fortune, rather he fights for passion and love for boxing,” according to a press release. Oliveira told the crowd on July 23 that his grandfather left him wealth, so “when I climb into the ring, I can’t take my money in with me. The blood, sweat, tears and hard work I left in the gym come into the ring with me.”
Of his upcoming fight, Oliveira said, “I’m not only fighting Omar, I’m fighting his brother, Julio, and their father. The whole Chavez dynasty…I believe if you do something because you love it, it’s twice as good, and that everything in life has a purpose. I will be victorious.”
Oliveira’s father, Carlos Oliveira, is a promoter and CEO of MO Productions.