RingTV.com has a live round-by-round update of tonight's 168-pound rematch during which Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. unanimously decisioned Bryan Vera on HBO from the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Chavez (48-1-1, 32 knockouts)-Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) was a return bout of Chavez's controversial unanimous decision victory in September, and it was taking place in Vera's home state of Texas.
Chavez-Vera I happened in California at a 173-pound catchweight because Chavez was not able to make the originally contracted limit. For Saturday's bout, both Vera and Chavez weighed each weighed 167.5 pounds.
Chavez out-landed Vera, 256-to-205, overall, and 192-to-123 in power shots.
Chavez vs. Vera
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Referee: Rafael Ramos
Judges: Ruben Carron and Max DeLuca had it for Chavez, 117-110, and David Sutherland had it for Chavez, 114-113.
CHAVEZ WINS BY UNANIMOUS DECISION!!!!
RINGTV.COM HAS IT FOR CHAVEZ, 116-111, AS DOES LEDERMAN
Round 1: Chavez jabbing from a distance to start the fight. Vera is the aggressor. Left to the body, right to the head, left to the body for Chavez. Right hand by Chavez. Double-jab for Vera. Right by Chavez. Good round so far. Right, double-left jab by Chavez. Three jabs by Chavez. Right by Vera. Good activity from Chavez. Double-jab by Chavez. Right by Vera and a jab. Another jab by Vera. Right by Chavez, left hook by Vera. Right by Vera. Double-jab for Vera. Hard right by Vera and left hook by Chavez followed by two right hand leads. Chavez, 10-9.
Round 2: Chavez out-landed Vera, 17-15, in the first round. Harold Lederman had the first round for Chavez, 10-9. Solid right and left by Vera. Good jabs by Chavez followed by right hand and a hook. Hard right by Vera. Left to the body by Chavez. Triple-jab by Chavez. Left hook, right hand drives Vera to the ropes for a succession of shots by Chavez. Clash of heads. Referee Rafael Ramos warns them to watch it. Right to the body by Vera and another. Vera's driving top the body. Chavez's jab backs Vera up, but Vera drives home a right that does the same to Chavez. Triple-jab by Vera. Good right hand by Chavez and two hooks to the body by Chavez. Vera's landing, but not as hard as Chavez. Chavez, 10-9; Chavez, 20-18.
Round 3: Chavez had an edge of 19-18 in the second. Lederman has it for Chavez, 20-18. Better jabbing and movement for Chavez in this fight, but Vera lands and chases him to the ropes. Vera hooks around the jab of Chavez. Nice up-jab by Vera. Double-left jab by Chavez followed by a head-popping right hand on the ropes. Vera comes back with his own right hand. Vera jabs twice, but takes a hard right and then a left. Big left hook by Chavez, and a right. Big left hook by Vera. Left to the body by Vera, and a right. Left hook by Chavez. Vera continues to press the action. Hard right by Vera. Another. Left to the body by Chavez. Vera, 10-9; Chavez, 29-28.
Round 4: Lederman has it for Chavez, 29-28, for Chavez. Chavez owns the first half of the round with his pressure and backing up Vera. Jabs, right hands. Vera awakens during the second half with a series of counter rights and lefts, but Chavez regains control with a right and a left hook. Hard right hand by Chavez on the ropes. Left uppercut by Chavez. Right by Chavez. Left uppercut by Vera, who takes a right. Lef hook by Chavez. Vera's giving ground. Head-swiveling right hand by Chavez just prior to the bell to punctuate the round. Chavez, 10-9; Chavez, 39-37.
Round 5: Lederman has it for Chavez, 39-37. Chavez opens with pressure punctuated by a head-swiveling right. Chavez vollows Vera to the ropes and tags the body and wins the exchanges. Vera's being forced backward by the bludgeoning Chavez. Right and left by Chavez. Left uppercut by Vera and a double-jab. Jab and right hand by Chavez. Right by Vera. Left uppercut on the ropes by Chavez, who follows up with three more uppercuts. Long right by Chavez. Vera clinches. Right by Vera. Chavez smiles. Right by Chavez and a left to the body. Chavez, 10-9; Chavez, 49-46.
Round 6: Lederman has it for Chavez, 49-46. Vera continues to retreat although trading behind the pressure of Chavez. Good right hands by Vera and a left hook. Four uppecuts to the head by Vera. Head-swiveling right by Chavez. Right uppercut by Vera in close. Right to the body and right to the head by Vera. Left to the body by Chavez, and a right to the head. Right cross by Chavez. Two right uppercuts by Vera. Jab by Chavez. Chavez lands a grazing three-punch combination on the ropes just as the round ends. Vera, 10-9; Chavez, 58-56.
Round 7: Chavez Jr. has a punch advantage of 112-96 overall. Lederman has it for Chavez, 58-56. Vera's retreating again. Chavez coming forward. Double-jab by Vera, who takes a right to the head and then another. Left to the head by Chavez. Left uppercut by Chavez. Right and left uppercut by Chavez. Left to the body by Chavez and then another. Hook by Vera, right by Chavez. Double-right uppercut by Vera. Right to the head and right uppercut by Chavez. Solid right hand by Chavez, who is winning the exchanges. Another right by Chavez and two to the body. Chavez closes by out-landing Vera over the final 10 seconds. Chavez, 10-9; Chavez, 68-65.
Round 8: Chavez out-landed Vera, 28-21, in the seventh. Lederman has it, 68-65, for Chavez. Left hook by Chavez, and a series of uppercuts and body shots that follow. Solid right uppercut by Vera from a distance. Chavez backs up Vera with a three-punch body attack. Another to the body and a right by Chavez to the head along the ropes. Two left hands by Vera, but Chavez walks through them. REFEREE RAMOS DEDUCTS A POINT FOR PUSHING DOWN CHAVEZ'S HEAD FROM VERA. Head-swiveling right by Chavez. Right hand by Chavez on the ropes. Chavez having success on the ropes, punctuated by a right, as the bell sounds. Chavez, 10-8; Chavez, 78-73.
Round 9: Lederman has it 78-73 for Chavez, who had an advantage of 21-15 in landed punches in the eighth. Chavez is pulling away with his aggression, out-landing Vera on the inside. Chavez continues to bore in and force Vera backward. Two hard lefts to the body by Chavez. Four-punch combo by Vera, but Chavez answers with a volley of his own. Chavez follows Vera to the ropes. Vera's fighting back, but Chavez's size and strength continue to foce him backward. Left uppercut by Chavez at the bell. Chavez, 10-9; Chavez, 88-82.
Round 10: Lederman has it 87-83 for Chavez. Vera continues to be forced backward, but Vera wins the early exchanges with crisp ujppercuts. Chavez continues to walk through Vera's shots. Right to the body and left to the head by Chavez, and then, the reverse. Right hand to the head backs up Vera. Right uppercut by Chavez. Left to the body by Chavez, as well as a long right hand. Chavez is clearly the stronger man inside. Right hand and then a left to the body by Chavez, who has nearly doubled Vera in punches landed for the round. Head-swiveling left by Chavez, although Vera comes back at the bell. Chavez, 10-9; Chavez, 98-91.
Round 11: Lederman has it 97-92 for Chavez. Chavez jabs in retreat. Vera comes forward and lands a right hand. Chavez hurts Vera with a right hand. Vera jabs but can't keep Chavez off him. Hard right by Chavez wins the crowd. Vera's still busier. Hard left to the body by Chavez. Vera continues to be more active. Big left hook on the ropes by Chavez, as Vera answers. Vera, 10-9; Chavez, 107-101.
Round 12: Chavez out-landed Vera, 25-19, in the 11th. Lederman has it, 107-101, for Chavez. Hard right, left, right combination all to the head by Chavez. Chavez continues to win the round. Chavez down, but it's a slip. Double-jab by Vera, who also lands a right. Chavez appears to be conceding the round. Vera moves forward and fires away with both hands. Chavez lands a right and does a shuffle before feigning a bolo punch. Vera's the offensive fighter for the final 45 seconds. Chavez moves with his hands down. Crowd's booing Chavez. Chavez lands a bolo punch as the bell sounds. Vera, 10-9; Chavez, 116-111.
RINGTV.COM HAS IT FOR CHAVEZ, 116-111, AS DOES LEDERMAN