Chavez Jr. vs. Rubio: Will Rubio Finally Put Chavez. Jr. to the Test?

Vitali SCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2012

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 19:  Julio Chavez Jr. ,left, just misses with a left hook on Peter Manfredo Jr. at Reliant Arena at Reliant Park on November 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1) is a fighter with a famous name and the benefit of the doubt accompanying him since the beginning of his career. Of course this would be the case; he is the son of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. (107-6-2), a boxer the world is unlikely to ever forget. The 44 wins that have been accumulated by Chavez Jr. are the result of hard work and dedication.

They are also a result of very carefully and well thought-out, hand-picked opponents.

Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1) also holds a respectable record, with losses to some good fighters such as Kassim Ouma and Kelly Pavlik. Almost 80 percent of his fights he has won by way of a knockout. Rubio, as far as I have witnessed, has pretty good power and can land a clean combination out of nowhere.

While this is nothing out of the ordinary, I do think this will finally be a good test for Chavez Jr. I would like to see Chavez Jr. struggle, as that is the only way to see whether a fighter can adjust, and power through.

I expect Jr. to win this fight, but if he is able to walk through Rubio as though it was a light sparring session, instead of giving him the credit for beating a formidable opponent, I would call for someone who is actually capable of making Jr. work for his money. He has very large shoes to fill and plenty of time to do it in.

The most important thing in achieving this task is to not waste time on fights that don't raise his stock.