Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. backpedaled for much of the 12th round, sensing he had the victory in hand against a game Bryan Vera, Saturday night, March 1, 2014, in San Antonio at the Alamodome.
Chavez, coming off a controversial decision over Vera last September, left little doubt in the minds of observers this time. Landing 62 percent of his power punches, according to CompuBox, Jr. was able to dominate most of the fight on the inside, trading with Vera and landing the harder shots.
To many observing the fight, including ESPN's Dan Rafael, who scored the fight overwhelmingly in Chavez's favor, 118-109, this was an easy win for Chavez. However, one ringside judge scored the bout 114-113 Chavez. Now, if Bryan Vera doesn't lose a point in round eight, that would've changed the outcome of the bout from unanimous decision to majority decision for Chavez.
Still, in the eyes of many, Chavez looked the part in this fight, appearing to be in the best shape he has been in, in recent memory. With this fight behind him, Chavez can now focus on bigger fights and he did throw some names out there. Namely, undefeated Kazakh Gennady Golovkin, the reigning WBA and IBO middleweight champion.
Of Golovkin, Chavez said, "I like that fight because Golovkin is a strong fighter and undefeated in the middleweight division. I want that fight next."
As Chavez avoided Vera in the 12th and final round, he heard some boos from the crowd at the Alamodome. Chavez moves to 48-1-1 with the victory over Vera, in a very hard fought contest.