AUSTIN – The University of Texas System released a video message of UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa’s decision to allow UT El Paso to proceed with negotiating contract agreements with various parties to host the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee boxing match at the Sun Bowl.
On April 26, Chancellor Cigarroa and UT System Director of Police Michael Heidingsfield met via videoconference call with El Paso representatives of the FBI, DEA, ICE, Customs and Border Patrol, and local law enforcement officials
The purpose of this videoconference was to have an opportunity for Director Heidingsfield to present UT System’s Risk Assessment related to the Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., and Andy Lee boxing match and also to receive the risk assessments of the invited law enforcement agencies. There was consensus with Director Heidingsfield’s assessment that this specific boxing match should not be considered a routine special event at the Sun Bowl. There was also consensus that the increased risk indicators for such an event can be mitigated.
“The thorough and deliberative discussion that ensued during the video conference, coupled with the fact that the El Paso Chief of Police, DEA, FBI and Sheriff’s office addressed my concerns regarding safety by affirming that those concerns can be mitigated to a high confidence level,” Cigarroa said. “This led to my decision to permit UT El Paso President Diana Natalicio to enter into negotiations for UTEP to contract with Top Rank, Inc., for the Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs. Andy Lee fight, contingent upon several conditions,” Cigarroa added.
The conditions are:
“Our universities and health science centers are public institutions and hundreds of thousands of members of the general public visit these institutions every year,” Cigarroa said. “One of the most important responsibilities I have in my role as Chancellor of The University of Texas System is the safety of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.”