Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. returns to face WBC mandatory

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: February 1, 2012

Big Fight Tonight

Big Fight Tonight

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)–The son of a legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs) returns to San Antonio, TX to battle No. 1-ranked, Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 43 KOs) in defense of the WBC middleweight championship on Saturday, February 1, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.

Chavez, Jr., a product of Top Rank, Inc., that has produced Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Kelly Pavlik, and Jorge Arce through the years, has been carefully matched and promoted smoothly through the years.

Chavez, Jr., who has a very limited amateur background (if any), has competed in 45 professional fights since his debut at age 17. Chavez, Jr. His resume’ is starting to take form as has victories against John Duddy, Matt Vanda, and a world title defense against an always-game Peter Manfredo.

Chavez’ signature win was perhaps his successful world-title bid against a strong Sebastian Zbik last June. It was Zibk that gave Chavez the toughest fight of his career thus far.

If anyone believes that Rubio is going to be “an easy fight” for Chavez, they are sadly mistaken. Rubio has experienced a recent history of springing off unexpected upsets.

In April 2011, Rubio traveled to the Bell Centre in Montreal to shock David Lemieux (KO 7) to become the WBC mandatory challenger. Rubio has worked hard to position himself for another title shot.

Rubio once challenged Pavlik for the unified WBC/WBO middleweight titles in 2009. Rubio lost his world title bid, but has won 10 consecutive bouts and went 5-0, 5 KOs in 2011.

Chavez could very well be involved in the biggest fight of his career and everyone can watch the fight on HBO Boxing After Dark.

“If I have to die in the ring, then I’ll die in the ring, because this is a fight that I really want to win,” Chavez said about his upcoming fight with Rubio.

Chavez, Jr. should win. Rubio, however, has a lot of experience. Chavez does to, but difference is Chavez’ youth, strength, and athleticism. Chavez is the better fighter and is very tough. Although Chavez has been fighting for a while, his experience competing on an elite level doesn’t compare to a Sergio Martinez, Felix Sturm, or even a Miguel Cotto.

Donaire, Vazquez, Jr. to fight for vacant title

The co-featured attraction to Chavez Jr. vs. Rubio will feature an exciting battle between former unified WBC/WBO bantamweight champion, Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) vs. former super bantamweight titlist Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) The two will compete for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title that Vazquez lost to Jorge Arce (TKO by 11) in May 2011.

Prepare to watch Vazquez, 27, Puerto Rico, get starched by Donaire, 29, Philippines. Donaire is one of the best fighters on the planet. Donaire, a three-division champion, has won world titles at 112, 115, and 118 pounds. At 5′ 7,” with a reach just under 70 inches, Donaire was simply bigger than most of the opponents he fought. Vazquez figure to give Donaire an action fight, but “The Filipino Flash” is on a hot-streak. Donaire is expected to have another big year. Perhaps better than last year when he knocked out Fernando Montiel in February 2011 and toyed with previously unbeaten Omar Navarez last October.

It appears as though HBO is interested in showcasing Donaire as a potential household name on their boxing programming.

Klitschko Time is approaching

The world heavyweight championship duo of Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40KOs) and Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) will be fighting two weeks apart in defense of their titles.

The older Vitali will defend the WBC championship against Derek Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday, February 18, at Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. It will be Vitali’s eighth defense since returning from a 3 ½-year absence in October 2008 when he made Samuel Peter quit on his stool.

Vitali hopes to not only crush the championship aspirations of an in-experienced Chisora, but also close his big mouth. Chisora does talk a lot of smack, but he has been on a very impressing roll beating up Danny Williams and Sam Sexton. Chisora is coming off a very impressive performance against rising heavyweight contender Robert Helinius, but lost a disputed split-decision in December.

Wladimir, who hasn’t fought since his career-defining, legacy-sealing performance against David Haye (now retired) in July 2011, defends the unified IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO and Ring Magazine championships against Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday, March 3, at the ESPIRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Another Klitschko KO victory could be historic because, it would mark Wladimir’s 50th career knockout as a professional fighter. Mormeck, a former unified world cruiserweight champion is unbeaten since he became a heavyweight (3-0). Mormeck is strong and muscular, but at 5′ 10,” and advancing in age, the 39 year-old doesn’t figure to give Wladimir too many anxious moments.

Wladimir is expected to dominate Mormeck in spectacular fashion.

Both Klitschkos are running out of opponents to challenge them competitively. While anything can happen inside a boxing ring with a single punch from any heavyweight, it appears as though the Klitschkos are in no danger of losing anytime soon.

When you have former cruiserweight champions like Haye, Mormeck, Tomasz Adamek, and potentially Marco Huck moving up in weight to fight the 6′ 7,” 245-pound Klitschkos, that right there tells you that they have cleaned out the heavyweight division.