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15 NOVEMBER 2018


SecondsOut Team Picks: Chavez Jr Vs Manfredo Jr

CesarChavez jr  pic Sumio Yamada
CesarChavez jr pic Sumio Yamada

Saturday night at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas Julio Cesar Chavez Jr makes the first defence of his WBC middleweight title against ‘The Pride Of Providence’ Peter Manfredo Jr. As usual our brave army of writers once again put their reputations on the line to pick a winner.

There is much scepticism about just how good Chavez Jr is. Many believe he is trading off his famous father’s name and that may have been true in the early days whilst padding out his unbeaten record. But he is improving steadily and we must not forget that he turned pro at just 17. He is 25 now and unlike many young pros today, has been brought along carefully and patiently. Time will tell if he will develop into a true world class operator. I doubt we will see it against Manfredo but I do expect him to produce a dominating performance to score either a clear points win or late stoppage

Chavez late tko or pts 12
Clive Bernath
Editor In Chief

Chavez Jr is huge for a middleweight and although manfredo has flight at super middle- he still is smaller then Jr. Fighting in Houston, Chavez will have a huge following and will look to impress. Manfredo hasn’t looked good in title fights as Calzaghe destroyed him and fellow contender series fight Siako Bica end their title fight in 3. I look for Chavez to establish his jab early, followings game plan to get closer for his body attach on Manfredo has seen his better days and using the Contender exposure to get good paydays and title shots, same thing in this fight, he will show up and give his all but he is fighting a young lion and son of an icon. Chavez in eight to keep on course for possible bout with Canelo Alvarez that all Mexico wants to see.

Chavez tko 8
Andy Rivera
New Mexico


Manfredo’s record is somewhat deceiving when consideration to whom his losses came against is given. The six defeats to his name are mostly to top name or at one time highly ranked opponents. Although he hasn’t faced the toughest fighters in three years since he was last beaten, Manfredo is by no means a walkover for Chavez, Jr., who will once again be fighting in another one of his own "backyards". This contest is perhaps the second true test for the son of a the greatest Mexican boxer in history. Little Julio has developed well during the time he has spent training with Freddie Roach. Chavez will likely work the body of Manfredo and not seek to fight in a "phone booth" style. The persistent attack should be enough to keep Manfredo at bay, as well as slow the pace of the fight overall.

Chavez pts 12
Marc Livitz

If I’m being honest the quality of opposition for both Chavez and Alvarez has been a touch sickening of late and fights like this are made to pad records. Manfredo is a lovely guy and a good fighter but he has been inactive for almost a year and shouldn’t even be rated in the WBC top ten. If promoters feel that fighters require development then don’t push them into championship fights early because this safety first approach to title defences is hurting the sport. That being said I pick Chavez is a one sided fight that proves virtually nothing.

Chavez pts 12
Tom Gray

Chavez to win by way of TKO before the 10th rd.

Chavez Jr tko 10
Ryan Waugh

This fight has the potential to be very entertaining. Chavez Jr. should win if it goes the distance, but he will have his work cut out for him against Manfredo Jr. Manfredo Jr’s last fight against Daniel Edouard was an excellent performance that got him to this point. I can’t see him scoring a knockout, but that’s probably his best and only chance to defeat Chavez Jr. Chavez Jr. had a tough fight with Sebastian Zbik in his last outing and still came away with the decision. I think he’s improved a lot over the years and will win the first defense of his WBC strap with minimal controversy.

Chavez w pts 12
Derek Gionta

Manfredo is still fighting? Well, he shouldn’t win this fight. I see the young Chavez toppling him via unanimous beating. Manfredo probably won’t win a round.

Chavez pts 12
Mike Sloan
Las Vegas


Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. versus Peter Manfredo Jr. would be a meaningful fight if JCC jr. was still a prospect working his way up the ladder circa his 2008 fight with Jose Celaya up to his 2010 over John Duddy. Manfredo Jr. is a rugged and exciting fighter, but he shoud not be on the WBC middleweight champion’s dancecard. In fact, no other fighter should be with the exception of Marco Antonio Rubio, whom earned his shot by dispatching unbeaten contender David Lemieux among other solid performances. Manfredo has beaten a steady feed of third tier fighters, but the affable Providence, RI native has failed every time he has stepped up to the world class level, most recently by third round annihilation to Sakio Bika in 2008. Like it or not, JCC Jr. has proven to be world class with wins over Duddy, Billy Lyell, and Sebasitan Zbik. I expect to see Chavez assert himself over the modest hitting Manfredo, who will be there to get tagged unlike the more technically sound Zbik. Like with Zbik, Chavez will employ his genetically gifted body attack to wear Manfredo down for a late rounds stoppage. In recent years, Manfredo has told me personally that his body takes a significant toll during training camps and that he feels much older than his thirty years. Chavez is quite fresh and will have no problem going twelve rounds if necessary. I don’t think he needs to.

Chavez tko 10.
Derek Bonnett

Manfredo will have too much experience for Chavez.

Manfredo pts 12
Lwazi Ndzobongo
South Africa


November 19th pits the son of a legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. who
will be making his first defense of his WBC Middleweight Title against
Peter Manfredo at Houston’s Reliant Arena. It has been reported that
Chavez Jr. pulled out of a tune up bout against Ronald Hearns in
September due to an injury to his hand involving a ceiling fan. Now
it’s not really clear how his hand ended up in a ceiling fan but I do
know that Top Rank and Freddie Roach did not want this fight to
happen. Manfredo says he is going to retire if he loses to Chavez Jr. and says Chavez is not a great fighter as people think. I like both fighters and I see the hungry one coming out on top. I think the hand injury is going to plague Chavez Jr. in some way, maybe psychologically, maybe physically. Peter Manfredo seems to be the hungry one and he knows to win will require him to fight the fight of his life. I see the fight going the distance with both fighters putting on a show, in the end it’s Manfredo wearing a new belt.

Manfred w pts 12
Ron Valderrama

Chavez is definitely improving and seems to be determined against limited competition. Although his handlers are starting to test him, he is still fighting mostly B-level guys. Manfredo is tough but probably won’t test him. He was always a B-level guy and now he’s a washed up one. There are some intriguing fights out there for Chavez if he gets past Manfredo.

Chavez tko 8
Rocco Nguyen
Alexandria, VA

I’m a big fan of Manfredo’s because he’s a real fighter. He has faced some of the best and been turned away, but has maintained his belief that he can succeed. Problem for him is that he is a good B level fighter who aspires to be an A fighter. I don’t believe that Chavez Jr. is an A fighter but he is probably just good enough to handle Manfredo. This will be the test that will make or break the young champion. Manfredo is one of those guys who you must beat to raise your status. A true gatekeeper is Manfredo. If Chavez has "it" he’ll win, but if he loses we may not hear too much about him in the future. Chavez by a slim margin. Maybe even a majority or split decision.

Chavez pts 12
Jerry Glick
New York City

The feeling within boxing is one of suspicion towards Chavez jnr. Is he good enough to carry the famous name or simply a protected commodity for Top rank to cream off huge PPV earnings? He is certainly capable enough, showing good punch variety and power against second tier opposition. In Manfredo he faces a fighter who believes he has finally settled in his natural weight division after campaigning a weight higher for most of his career but fighting Chavez is still a step up from his most recent contests. With the support of a pro Mexican crowd behind him I expect Chavez to put on a dominating performance for a lopsided points victory, moving him closer to a possible fight with Saul Alvarez.

Chavez pts 12
Danny Winterbottom


Chavez Jr= 11

Manfredo Jr= 2

November 18, 2011

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