World Boxing: Chavez Jr beats Vera!
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 | Carl
MEXICO'S Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr picked up a 12-round unanimous decision against Brian Vera on Saturday (March 1) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
After struggling with weight issues ahead of his first fight with Texan Vera in September last year (a clash which Chavez won via a contentious points verdict), the former WBC middleweight champion was fit and firing in the rematch, outworking and outlanding his rival throughout to claim victory by scores of 117-110 twice and 114-113. Brave Vera was deducted a point for pushing in round eight.
Chavez could now be in line to challenge WBA world middleweight ruler Gennady Golovkin in the summer.
In the co-feature, amateur star Vasyl Lomachenko fell short in his quest to make history by becoming a world champion in only his second pro contest.
After his opponent, Mexican Orlando Salido, failed to make weight and subsequently lost his WBO featherweight belt on the scales, the Ukrainian was unable to win the vacant strap following a 12-round split decision loss. Scores were 116-112 and 115-113 for Salido, against 115-113 for Lomachenko.
Coming in 11lbs heavier than his foe, rugged veteran Salido used his extensive experience and some rough-house tactics to unsettle Lomachenko, who nevertheless staged a stirring comeback in the latter stages.