Texas senator appeals boxing match alcohol ban

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A state senator wants the University of Texas System's chancellor to allow alcohol sales at a rescheduled boxing match in El Paso.

Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has banned alcohol sales at the University of Texas at El Paso's Sun Bowl for the June 16 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Andy Lee fight. State Sen. Jose Rodriguez says the ban is unreasonable and will lead to lower tickets sales and offsite drinking that will be difficult to regulate.

Cigarroa at first banned the Sun Bowl from hosting the fight after a federal law enforcement report suggested it could attract members of warring Mexican drug cartels. El Paso officials complained and Cigarroa agreed to allow the match with restrictions.

Rodriguez says the university was allowed to sell alcohol at recent boxing matches.