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It's all gone downhill for Chavez Jr.
What to make of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.?
He clearly has physical gifts, coupled with a championship pedigree, but he lacks the most important thing for a young fighter.
Chavez Jr. is simply not committed to boxing, and that has prevented him from shining through in his biggest fights.
After capturing the WBC Middleweight Championship, Chavez Jr. secured a fight in September of 2012 with the legitimate division kingpin Sergio Martinez. His lackluster, and often times outright dismissive, attitude toward training for the fight was well documented.
Chavez Jr. reportedly trained, not in the gym, but in his living room, and it definitely showed on fight night. He was thoroughly embarrassed, and completely non-competitive for all but the final 90 seconds or so of the 12th round.
Almost pulling a rabbit from his hat, by knocking down and nearly stopping Martinez, notwithstanding, Chavez Jr. showed a lack of respect for the game, and he paid for it. Testing positive for marijuana use, and subsequently being suspended post-fight, certainly did no good for his image either.
Given that disaster, and all the resulting criticism, you'd have thought that the 27-year-old would've done all in his power to right the ship and come back stronger, but you'd have been wrong.
In his most recent bout, he received an absolutely ludicrous, borderline criminal, unanimous-decision victory over veteran Brian Vera. It's beyond comprehension how any competent judge could score the fight for Chavez Jr., and Gwen Adair's unfathomable 98-92 scorecard favoring him stands out for a special type of scorn.
But, believe it or not, the real drama took place before the fight. Originally negotiated as a 162-pound catchweight fight, the Chavez Jr. camp had to re-negotiate to set the limit at 168 and finally, just days before the fight, paid Vera an undisclosed sum to fight at 173-pounds after their guy couldn't make weight.
Now these things happen from time-to-time. It's not uncommon for a fighter to miss by a pound or so. It's not professional, but it happens.
But, to think, that days before the fight, Chavez Jr. was that far above the contracted weight, shows his lack of professionalism and why his performance hasn't matched his talent.