Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has the reputation of being a talented fighter not willing to train hard enough to be all he can be in the ring. His most recent fight was a classic example.
That was Sept. 28 at StubHub Center in Carson against Bryan Vera. Chavez told his promoter – Bob Arum – the week of the fight that he would not be able to make the 168-pound super middleweight limit contracted for the fight. Since Arum is Arum and Chavez is the son of the legend, they proposed to Vera and his team that the fight take place at 173 pounds.
Vera (23-7, 14 KOs), of Austin, Texas, was not about to say no. Arum and Chavez had to know that, because then the little-known Vera would not get the chance to upset Chavez, who is world-renowned whether he deserves to be or not.
Vera gave Chavez (47-1-1, 32 KOs) all he could handle over 10 rounds, with the majority of fans in the stands believing he won the fight, based on their reaction when it was announced Chavez was the winner by two, four and eight points. Those last two scores – by judges Marty Denkin and Gwen Adair – were out of line, and an uproar ensued.
Fast forward to present day. Chavez, the 28-year-old former middleweight world champion from Mexico, is preparing to take on Vera in a March 1 rematch at the Alamodome in San Antonio (on HBO). This week, he vowed things will be different.
“I owe the fans a great performance and that is what they will get on March 1 at the Alamodome,” he said Wednesday from his training camp in Mexico. “I have had a lot of success in San Antonio and I look forward to going there and putting on a good show for them.”
There will be no weight issues this time, Chavez said, and he believes that will help him show what he can really do.
“I will make the 168-pound limit with no problem and I will be able to do the things I could not do in the first fight,” Chavez said. “I will have better movement, I will be more consistent and I will fight 12 hard rounds if that is what it takes to win this second fight.”