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Chavez Jr Vs Brian Vera, Worst Judging Yet

September 30, 2013

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A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements is the definition of the word respect by the Oxford American College Dictionary.  In the sport of boxing respect is everything.  It is the difference between obscurity and notoriety.  Reputation is how Floyd Mayweather can make a guaranteed $40 million in his last fight.  It is how Timothy Bradley, even though he is undefeated, will forever be known as the man who was awarded a botched decision over Manny Pacquiao.  During the course of the week, one saying kept getting repeated over and over again: the big dogs in the game call the shots.  Julio Chavez Jr. is a shot caller in the sport.  He at first earned his respect by default, being the legacy of the biggest Mexican boxing star that ever lived.  Over the last several years now, Chavez Jr has placed himself at the top of the boxing world by dismantling several respected opponents.  However, in his last fight on the biggest stage Chavez Jr had ever been on, he lost his first fight ever.  Not only did Chavez Jr lose his first fight but once the dust settled he would stand to lose one year due to suspension.  Chavez Jr’s life was beginning to go on a crash course.  First, during the episodes of 24/7, it was clear he was not getting along with Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach.  Roach was concerned with Chavez Jr’s lack of training.  That fact is difficult to imagine because Roach has dealt with the most difficult boxer to work with, Manny Pacquiao. Then came fight night against another top pound for pound kingpin Sergio Martinez.  Martinez put on a boxing clinic for 11 rounds until Chavez Jr landed a huge shot in the final round that failed to put Martinez out. 

Coming off that loss to Martinez it was clear throughout the boxing world that Chavez Jr has one of the most powerful hands in all of boxing.  It was now the antics outside the ring that were of major concern for all parties around the young Chavez Jr. He had landed a suspension for testing positive for marijuana.  Then he was scheduled to fight Brian Vera on September 7,2013 but the fight had to be delayed due to a cut sustained in training.  Next, in a bizarre turn of events, team Chavez decided he could not make the scheduled weight and negotiated terms for it to be 10 pounds higher than originally scheduled.  Chavez Jr’s last fight was set at 160 pounds, in which he made weight, but for this fight he suddenly decided he could not and needed to go up to about 173 pounds.  If you think that last statement was sarcastic then you are right.  In addition to these distractions, he was coming in without his trainer Freddy Roach.  Chavez Jr also acquired Alex Ariza for this fight.  Ariza is better known as the conditioning coach for Manny Pacquiao.  By the time camp was over Chavez Jr had fired Ariza for unknown circumstances.  Then during negotiations to keep the fight alive, Ronnie Shields, Vera’s trainer, dropped the fight down to a 10 round fight.  I also need to mention the fact that Chavez Jr is now set to be a father, as his current girlfriend is expecting a baby girl.  All of these things lead to big distractions going into a fight.

Despite all of these issues for Chavez Jr, he was still the heavily favored fighter going into fight night.  The chips were stacked against Brian Vera and he was going to be rewarded a heavy purse for still taking this fight.  Most fighters going into a fight like this just sit back and collect the money.  Not Brian Vera.  He proved to us and the whole boxing world what he is made of.  You see, Vera has a special cloth that most men do not have.  For his whole career he has been counted out.  Even from the start when he first got his  reputation on the popular show, “The Contender.”  Vera has been in the spotlight more recently from good outings on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.  Vera is 4-0 in his last several fights, all have been impressive where he was the underdog going in.  It was only in his last fight where he was favored and he did what was expected of him, winning a close hardnosed fight.  It was after that outing when the Chavez Jr camp had Vera on their radar.  I can honestly say that tonight Vera gave it more than his best effort.  He kept Chavez at bay for most of the fight with several flurries.  Vera, who was the smaller fighter, landed some flush shots that many experts believed never would happen even if Chavez Jr was out of shape.  Speaking of Chavez Jr, as expected coming off a big layoff, he was not yet in boxing shape.  What was very disappointing in the fight, however, is that even though he stacked the cards heavily in his favor, Chavez Jr was never able to take control of the fight.  In fact, he did land some heavy blows to Vera’s face but Vera stayed on his feet.  Not only did Vera stay on his feet but was the more aggressive fighter.  Many critics would say before the fight there was no way Vera could land power shots that would hurt Chavez Jr.  After 10 rounds of intense action, I would disagree.  Vera landed some tough, hard shots on Chavez Jr.  Hell, the crowd was not even in an uproar for Chavez Jr’s shot on Vera.  The problem was that Chavez Jr was so out of shape he never could throw any combinations.  With Chavez Jr it was all one shot at a time.  Chavez Jr did manage to buckle Vera more than a couple of occasions but Vera kept coming forward with more rumble in his approach.  By the tenth and final round Ronnie Shields was very animated in the corner.  Shields was screaming at Vera.  Although Shields was not so much concerned with Vera winning the fight, it was clear to all of us that he had done enough to be ahead of the score cards in the final round.  What Shields was concerned with was that bull like mentality in Chavez Jr.  Shields thought, that like in that Martinez fight, Chavez Jr would come out trying to take out Vera in the tenth round.  That never happened and I strongly believe Chavez Jr had nothing left in the final round. 

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With both men standing in the ring awaiting the final judge’s decision, I thought for sure there would be no controversy.  Once the scores were read and it was a clear unanimous decision, I thought for sure they had got it right.  Every one of the judges were wrong—dead wrong!  The final tally’s showed scores of 96-94, 97-93, 98-92, all in favor of Chavez Jr. Boxing fans around the world were screaming at the top of their lungs towards their TV screens and  I was one of them.  At the end of the fight I did not feel sorry for Brian Vera though.  I actually felt sorry for Chavez Jr and boxing period.  You see, the only real losers of the night was Chavez Jr and boxing as a whole.  Chavez Jr is in serious need for an awakening.  Boxing in general does not need a fighter like Chavez Jr—someone who takes the sport for granted.  They need warriors and humble individuals like Brian Vera, who never even spoke on the weight issue.  As a matter of fact, Chavez Jr showed less class by saying Vera used dirty tactics.  Then went on a spat about the referee allowing Vera to carry on such supposed tactics.  Well, I for one wanted to tell Chavez Jr that he should do less talking in the ring and more fighting but the referee did that for me.  The one and only thing that this fight gave us boxing traditionalists was a new warrior to root for. Brian Vera—The Heavy Bag salutes you.  Even though we were already singing your praises before this fight with Chavez Jr, I feel that Vera should get the credit he deserves at the top of the 160 division.  The real issue is that Chavez Jr is no longer going to be able to be at 160 pounds, so that well deserved rematch is out of the question.  As far as what is next for Chavez Jr I really do not know, but for Brian Vera we all hope big things come his way.  He is one of the best 160 pounders out there and I for one hope he gets his just due.

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About robbase2324

I am a writer for The Heavy Bag where I cover the sport of boxing. I started liking the sport every since I could walk. I grew up watching the great fighters with my dad like Sugar Ray, Hector Camacho, Chavez Sr. to name a few early fighters I watched. My biggest influences are Roy Jones Jr., Oscar de La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, and Parnell Whitaker. I started freelance writing for The Heavy Bag in November. I have many articles on the site covering Jonathan Banks, Gamboa and 50 Cent, Alfredo Angulo, and Hammerin Hank Lundy. I do extensive research before I write on a particular subject before I write my articles. A lot of work us very fact based and I touch subjects in the fighters life that make up them as a person. You can reach out to me via twitter @robbase232401.

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