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18 NOVEMBER 2018

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Chavez, Jr. Gets Decision Over Vera

By Marc Livitz: The masses at the StubHub Center in Carson, California may have been there to see Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. score a victory this evening, yet even they didn’t expect it to happen the way it eventually did. Chavez, Jr. improved to (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) with a very questionable unanimous decision win over Brian Vera (26-7, 14 KO’s).

Chavez made his first appearance in just over a year since his memorable twelve round decision loss to Sergio Martinez on September 15, 2012. By contrast, Vera took part in his fourth fight in just over a year’s time and brought a winning streak equal in number into the ring.

There had been much drama over various negotiated weights in the weeks and days coming into the bout. The agreed upon poundage limit of 168, which had been changed from a lower amount (162) eventually made its way all the way to 173. Additionally, the date of the fight was moved from September 7 due to a cut sustained in training by Chavez. Some saw this "cut" as more of a scratch and a cover up for the weight issues.

Julio, Jr. of course has made a questionable reputation of himself with at times brash accusations of laziness and lack of motivation. He made it just under the bar yesterday at the weigh in. His father, Mexican legend Julio, Sr. was in his corner instead of world class instructor, Freddie Roach. The legendary trainer decided to leave the Chavez camp.

In round one, Vera tried to establish his left jab. Chavez, Jr. at times returned the favor. Brian landed a few shots inside the first minute. Halfway through the round, Julio landed a solid left hook to the head, which brought a smile out of Vera. The grins continued as the period came to a close. "The Warrior" Vera (Austin, TX.) took the action to Chavez, Jr. (Culiacan, Jalisco, MX) in the opening seconds of round two. A left hook from Julio settled matters. He looked visibly larger than his central Texas opponent. Vera continued to use his left jab. He tried at times to follow with the right. Chavez, Jr. had also began to show more of his arsenal.

Vera connected with a double jab in the third. Julio was consistently looking to set up his power right. The two men traded shots near the middle of the ring as the round closed. Chavez connected with a right hook near the end. Into the fourth, the situation seemed to be Brian was doing more, yet Julio was landing the harder shots. Chavez had developed a mouse under his right eye. Julio was connecting, but Brian refused to budge. Going into round five, the pressing question would perhaps have been whether or not quantity trumped quality.

In the fifth, the two combatants traded more shots. Julio complained of a headbutt and low blows with about a minute to spare. He landed a hard right but Vera kept coming forward. The bout which was rescheduled for ten rounds now was halfway in the bag. Chavez connected with a straight right to Vera’s chin inside the first minute of the sixth. This one really got his attention. Still, Brian kept on walking. His opponent was moving from the head to the body with single shots. The seemingly pro-Chavez crowd picked their cheering carefully. Going into round seven, Vera’s trainer, Ronnie Shields pleaded with his man to not test his machismo and to fight smarter.

Julio seemed to slow down a bit in the seventh, although he did open the stanza with a few hard shots to the head. Vera continued to move forward, which allowed Chavez to tag him flush to the face towards the dying seconds. Vera connected with a quick head and body combination to begin the eighth. Chavez was still landing, yet his shots were of the "one punch at a time" variety. Both men appeared somewhat fatigued with two rounds to spare.

The two clashed heads right inside the ninth round. As he complained to referee Lou Moret, Brian Vera went on the attack. He connected with a few head shots, yet Chavez remained perfectly vertical. The action was continuing at a flurried pace. Brian seemed to know he needed to keep the punches flying. He had one round to decisively prove his point. His conditioning seemed to tell the tale. So many had Vera knocked out and gone by this point. Onto the tenth they went.

Left after left was what Vera threw at Julio to begin round ten. Chavez, Jr. was still firing back. He hit back with body shots and kept going for the one punch to end the bout. Brian continued to smile at his foe. Julio had him on the ropes towards the end of the round and Vera smartly tied him up. The bell sounded and Vera celebrated in his corner, all of whom seemed to know the bout was his. However, the decision would be left to the three ringside judges. 

Their scores were as follows: Gwen Adair: 98-92, Carla Caiz: 96-94
and finally Marty Denkin: 97-93. Brian Vera was the victor in the eyes of many in attendance, yet it was the son of the legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. who would take the win back to his native Mexico. 


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