CARSON, Calif. -- Chavez Jr made his way to the ring with the entire Mexican crowd at the Stub Hub Center all behind him. Vera, his opponent who also happens to be of Mexican decent but born here in the US, was simply treated as a foreigner, booed by every fan in the stands.
But in the biggest fight of his career so far, Brian Vera performed like a true champion. In the eyes of most people watching at home, as well as those same fans at the Stub Hub Center that had booed him 10 rounds earlier, Vera won the fight.
In a fight that was cancelled three times and that also saw its weight limit increased three times, Vera finally saw himself across the ring from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Vera came out strong, being the aggressor and staying busy, because of that, trough the first few rounds most had him up on the scorecards. All Vera had to do was stay away from Chavez’s power punches and keep applying pressure while putting rounds in the bag against the very inactive Chavez.
Chavez had his moments in the fight, landing several flush power punches that on three different occasions really hurt Vera. In every round, he seemed to land a powerful punch but never had the energy to follow up on it.
There is no doubt that Chavez landed the clearer punches, the only issue was the he didn't throw or land them consistently enough to win all of the rounds that in the end the judges ended up scoring in his favor. For every power punch Chavez would land, Vera would land a few jabs, a few hooks down to the body, as well as one or two small lefts that eventually accumulated to having Chavez's right eye badly damaged.
For seven of the 10 rounds, Vera was the busier fighter, landed more shots and dictated the phase of the fight. According to the three judges at ringside, that was simply not enough to beat Chavez, who did the complete opposite; was inactive, landed fewer shots, and only fought when Vera forced him to.
An official victory over Chavez would have been a great satisfaction for Vera and a great boost to his career which has a seen many ups and downs.
Tough breaks for Vera against team Chavez had started way before both fighters actually got in the ring.
First they re-scheduled the fight date three different times, forcing Vera to have probably the longest training camp of any fighter currently in boxing
After came the weight limit increase, which saw the limit go from 163 to 168, then up 173.
Eventually, promoter Bob Arum said at the press conference three days before the fight, “This will be the first time in boxing history, where the weight limit is determined by how much the fighters weigh on Friday.”
In other words, “We are not sure if Chavez will make the now 173 weight limit, so lets just see how much he weighs on Friday and will go with that.”
You are right Bob, but hopefully just like it was the first, it will also be the last.
In the end, the weight didn’t matter, Vera went out there and in the eyes of most defeated Chavez Jr, who at this point of his career one has to wonder if he even wants to be involved in a sport like boxing, which requires a lot of discipline, which lets be honest, Chavez Jr has lately showed to lack.
Chavez seems like a fighter content with that fact that he can make and bend the rules as he wants, like he did in this fight.
Becoming an elite fighter, a legit superstar, is something his father wants from him, something his huge Mexican following wants from him, but maybe we should question whether the fighter himself legitimately wants the same things.
Boxing is a serious sport and if not taken seriously, an underdog like Vera can come into your backyard and pull of an upset like he did last night. Crocked judges saved him on this fight, but they won't always be there to do so.
Or who knows, maybe they will and that’s exactly why Chavez Jr simply doesn’t give a sh*t.