This past week, I sent a letter to UT Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa thanking him for reversing his decision to cancel the Julio Cesar Chavez sporting event and also expressing my concerns with his decision to impose a ban on alcohol sales at the sporting event:
Dear Chancellor Cigarroa:
Thank you for your recent decision to allow the University of Texas at El Paso to proceed with the upcoming Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Andy Lee boxing match at the Sun Bowl Stadium. As you know from our prior conversation I, strongly believe your original decision to cancel the fight was quite misguided and I applaud your efforts to respect the voices of the people of El Paso in allowing the match to go on.
However, I am still concerned that you have imposed a ban on alcohol sales at the event, which once again unduly places El Paso in a different category than other UT System institutions that have hosted similar events without this caveat. Understand that I believe the fight will be a great success regardless as evidenced by the huge outpouring of support from our community that you have personally witnessed. The ban clearly perpetuates the notion that El Paso is somehow unable to appropriately maintain law and order, when in fact the opposite is true - we remain the safest city of our size in the country.
I hope that after careful reconsideration of the ban, you will agree with me that not only can we host this event safely and successfully, but in the end it will reflect well upon UTEP and the UT System.
Member of Congress