Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returns with comeback win
One day after shocking fight fans by making weight by a full pound, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. put on a consistent performance in front of a partisan crowd.
Chavez dominated fringe super middleweight contender Dominik Britsch over 10 rounds, winning a unanimous decision at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Chavez improves to 50-2-1 (32 knockouts), while Britsch falls to 32-3-1 (11 KOs).
Britsch, who hails from Germany, gave up three inches in height and more in reach but was successful in getting on the inside of Chavez’s guard. Chavez was able to utilize his size to wear Britsch down but was effective in landing two three-punch combinations to the head and body.
All three official ringside judges scored the bout 99-91 in favor of Chavez.
The catchweight for the Chavez-Britsch fight was 169 pounds but Chavez weighed 168 at Friday’s weigh-in.
It was Chavez’s first fight in almost a year-and-a-half, when he defeated Marcos Reyes by decision over 10 rounds on July 18, 2015.
After the fight, Chavez set his sights on two possible opponents.
“I’d like to fight (IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight titlist Gennady) Golovkin or (RING middleweight champion/WBO junior middleweight titlist) Canelo (Alvarez),” said the 30-year-old Chavez. “I would come down in weight to face either fighter.”
Chavez said he would fight Alvarez at a catchweight of 165 pounds but that remains to be seen as word is Alvarez will likely defend his 154-pound title in March or April.
A fight between Golovkin and Chavez was penciled for The Forum in Inglewood, California in July of 2014 but never materialized due to alleged reports of Chavez turning down a seven-figure payday.
In preliminary action, middleweight Omar Chavez (35-3-1, 23 KOs), Julio’s younger brother, scored a first round knockout win over Cesar Chavez (31-11, 17 KOs). Time of the knockout was 40 seconds.
Hard-hitting middleweight Jaime Munguia (19-0, 16 KOs) dropped Alvaro Robles (19-7, 17 KOs) once in the third round and twice in the fifth before the fight was stopped at 1:06 of the fifth round.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.
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