Less than two years removed from selling out the Thomas and Mack Center and challenging for the unified middleweight championship, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. stepped into the Alamodome Saturday night in front of a mere 7,300 fans. This time it wasn’t a rematch with middleweight kingpin Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, but rather it was a rematch with the Texan brawler Bryan Vera. Vera lost a highly contested decision to Chavez Jr. in September. Saturday night did not leave any room for controversy.
Although often troubled with weight issues, questioned about his training and dedication, Chavez Jr. showed up on Saturday night ready for anything. He made weight Friday at the contracted 168 pounds, and unlike times in the past did not look dehydrated or weak. He started off the fight throwing tons of jabs to the body and head, and continued to prance around picking his spots for most of the fight.
Vera was game all 12 rounds, but it was just a matter of one man being more talented than the other. Vera threw everything he had at Chavez, but just could not move the former champ. The shots of Chavez were visibly more powerful, cracking like thunder to the body of Vera. He won via unanimous decision 117-110 from two judges and 114-113 from the other.
With the black eye of the first bout behind him and coming off the convincing unanimous decision Saturday, Chavez Jr. is looking to move forward to bigger and better bouts. He is scheduled to return on July 12 against an opponent to be determined. In the post-fight interview Chavez Jr. called out champions Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin as potential opponents. We will have to wait and see how it all plays out.
One thing we do know, when Chavez Jr. is focused on the task at hand he is very much a force in any division he competes in.