Saturday night, Feb. 4, saw the first major boxing card of the year as HBO Sports broadcast a Nonito Donaire/Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. double bill from San Antonio, Tex. All things considered, it has to be viewed as a good night for the son of the Mexican legend, as Chavez Jr, (45(31)-0-1), made intelligent use of his his physical advantages to fight a spirited and aggressive inside battle against the always-game Marcos Antonio Rubio, (53(46)-6(3)-1), earning a unanimous decision victory.
It was another win over a top-10 ranked middleweight opponent for Chavez, an action-filled war of attrition in which Chavez established himself as the boss early. He was able to walk Rubio down and trap him in corners and along the ropes in order to deliver his brutally-effective body attack.
Did he convince anybody that he is a pound-for-pound talent? Probably not. Will the victory keep the JC Jr. train chugging forward, continuing to generate big-money fights? Absolutely.