Saturday, March 1, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1) will take on Brian Vera (23-7) in a rematch from their first encounter of September 2013. The bout will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and will be televised on HBO.
For Chavez Jr., the bout is an opportunity to redeem himself from the poor performance he put in against Vera in the first fight. Though, Chavez Jr. was rewarded the decision victory, many amongst the boxing world felt Vera should have been given the victory or at worse a draw.
Even more, Chavez Jr. was at an extreme advantage due to the fact that he had the 160 pound weight limit raised to 168 and then a short while later to 173 by paying Vera 250K to continue with the fight. Consequently, many boxing pundits have called into question whether Chavez Jr. is truly serious about his boxing career as he has shown a lack of discipline when it comes to making weight and following the rules.
It is no secret that Chavez Jr. comes from what many considered a royal family within the sport of boxing due to the legacy of his father, Julio Cesar Chavez. However, the boxing world's patience is running thin as Chavez Jr. displays blatant disrespect to the sport when he does not show the commitment that comes with representing such a large group of people.
On the other hand, Vera comes into this bout with confidence that he can repeat his impressive performance against Chavez Jr. in the first fight. Throughout the fight, Vera landed punches consistently and showed the boxing world that he can contend with one of Mexico's most heralded fighters in the current day.
According to the sportsbooks, Chavez Jr. is a heavy favorite at -500 to Vera's +350 on the money line as many believe Chavez Jr. will come better prepared for Vera in the rematch. Conversely, if Vera can stay active and away from Chavez Jr.'s big punches at critical moments in this fight then he has a fair chance of pulling off the upset.
Overall, it should be interesting to depict whether Chavez Jr. has revamped his career and taken his training to the level of commitment that it takes to contend on the championship level. Chavez Jr. has all the makings to be one of Mexico's great fighters, but must first show his fan base that he is truly up to the task of carrying he torch and representing all that boxing means to his people.
Viva Mexico!! or Viva Chavez Jr.'s party lifestyle? That is what Chavez Jr. will have to choose between. The latter has already cost him 250K. Will it cost him more.....