In their first bout, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior defeated Bryan Vera in such unconvincing fashion, some may have wondered whether it was simply his namesake that earned him the victory. In a sport that uses fists to determine the winner, such a judgement should not go over well with fans. Like it or not, the judges had their reasons for awarding Chavez the unanimous decision victory over Vera, maintaining the status quo in his loss column with the 47th victory of his career. The March 1st rematch looks to be a vastly different fight.
Back in September, Chavez Jr. was heavily criticized, along with being fined, for coming into the fight overweight. Vera came in ready & while many thought he won, the pugilist out of Texas left the Stub Hub Center that night with his 7th professional loss, this after winning his 4 previous match ups. Artie Pellulo, Vera’s promoter was quoted as saying of his fighters performance, “You know me and I don’t get crazy, but that was a travesty,” Pelullo said. “He won that fight,” according to Yahoo Sports contributor Kevin Iole. Though Pellulo’s opinion may not have been the minority, the Compubox stats tell a more neutral story. Punches thrown were heavily in favor of Vera, but the percentage landed favored Chavez. Completing your craft is one thing; polishing it is another.
So what makes the rematch different? For starters, the contest is taking place in San Antonio & is scheduled for 2 more rounds than the 10 rounds that took place in the first match up. Understandably, the media hype has been quieter around Vera, but it appears that with Chavez Jr. making weight, there is far less controversy surrounding him & more importantly, far less questioning of him. With Vera, he certainly would like to resolve his issues with the first fight & settle the score. A win would put him in consideration with some of the bigger names in the middleweight division, but more pressingly, it may answer the questions everyone had after the first fight. Any time fighters leave the ring without mutual respect for the result, fans can expect fireworks, & one can be certain that whatever the results of this fight, there will be some excitement.