Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returned to action against Brian Vera last September after serving a suspension for testing positive for THC following his loss to Sergio Martinez in September 2012.
The fight had already been delayed due to an alleged cut suffered by Chavez in training. Vera made no secret of his belief that Chavez's camp was stalling due to Jr.'s inability to get his weight down.
And the weight for the fight was, in fact, renegotiated numerous times. At the last minute, Chavez's camp had to negotiate for a further increase from the super middleweight limit of 168 to 173.
Vera had been selected as an opponent because he is an aggressive pressure fighter with limited knockout power. He was expected to make Chavez Jr. look good. There was already talk going around about a potential superfight between Chavez and Andre Ward.
But once the fight started, Vera completely outhustled Chavez, who appeared fatigued early in the fight and seemed to have no strategy aside from loading up for the big punch.
When the fight appeared to be very close in the late rounds, Chavez Jr. devoted the lion's share of his effort toward complaining to the referee. The legend's son escaped with a unanimous decision, but it will be on most writers' short list for the worst decision of the year.