IS THERE LIFE LEFT IN CHAVEZ JR'S CAREER?
By TOM WATT on April 21 2015
A lot of people have been making a lot of money from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and that has been reflected by some of the outcomes of his fights, close decisions have always gone the Mexican’s way and poor performances have been overlooked because of his legendary father and the hype train that comes with the name Julio Cesar Chavez. This weekend’s fight against Andrzej Fonfara was a step too far for the Mexican superstar and with his first knockdown and second defeat in his career, Chavez Jr came back to Earth with a bump, being forced to quit on his stool after the 9th round – something the Mexican contingent in the crowd were not happy with and they showed their frustration by hurling beers and objects at the ring as boos rang out around the StubHub Centre – one such projectile hit legendary commentator Al Bernstein!
Much of the build-up for this fight was centred around Chavez Jr and his return to the ring after a sustained period of inactivity that has seen his much publicised weight issues surface and forced a return to the ring at 172lbs as opposed to his usual 168 – Fonfara for his part is a natural Light Heavyweight and when the 2 squared off the difference was telling even though Chavez looked as though he had drained himself more than his taller opponent to reach weight.
As the fight began the story of what was about to unfold was all-too-clear. Chavex tried to move into range to get his shots off but Fonfara used his superior footwork and hand-speed to move away from the ropes and pepper the Mexican with long shots. The rounds wore on and the cycle continued with Fonfara seemingly picking shots at will and easily handling Chavez in the clinch whenever the latter was able to actually get in close, seemingly un-bothered by his opponent’s power which had obviously not followed him up to his new division. The Pole alluded to this in his post-fight interview, “He didn’t punch as hard as everybody said he did” and that after he took Chavez’s best punches he “knew he would win this fight”
In his own post-fight interview Chavez Jr claimed that he felt he was winning the fight, something that brought a smile to many in and outside of the ring – it had been nothing short of a lop-sided beating from Fonfara and for Chavez to claim he thought he was winning did not help his cause. He did however, admit that this was too heavy a weight for him and that he would probably look to move down in weight but the question remains whether we will see him in the ring again at all. At ringside, Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola said that he was shocked to see him quit on his stool and that as Chavez’s son he should never do such a thing.
This was Chavez Jr’s first fight under his new Showtime contract and with all-powerful advisor Al Haymon, some are saying it will be his last but one would expect him to try and pick himself up and go again, just how that will be mapped out is uncertain – the idea of a big PPV fight with Carl Froch may be out the window but there are plenty of other fighters that would be interested in a fight with the fallen superstar – Australia’s Sakio Bika (also with Al Haymon) may be an excellent option with ‘The Scorpion’ also coming off the back of a defeat in a higher weight class and looking to move back down to 168 lbs. It would be an all or nothing fight for both fighters which would certainly bring the best of both to the table and may be enough to re-ignite their careers in the spotlight.
Chavez’s name will always bring fans to watch him so there are plenty of options available to him moving forwards, the big question on everyone’s lips after seeing him quit on his stool is how much he wants it – or whether his real love is his much publicised drinking and partying.
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