Fans have quickly begun to tire of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and the traveling circus he brings with him whenever he fights. On Saturday night in San Antonio, he faces Brian Vera in a super middleweight rematch; in what could prove to be his last best shot of showing, he's actually serious about being a professional prizefighter.
Chavez Jr. has had a real rough go in his last two fights. Against Sergio Martinez, he was dominated for all but the final seconds of the contest, losing virtually every round while being completely outclassed.
He subsequently tested positive for marijuana, per Dan Rafael, and was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
He returned to the ring last September against Vera, and despite being thoroughly outworked, emerged with a travesty of a unanimous-decision win.
Let's just get some context on how bad this decision really was by looking at the numbers.
According to Compubox, Vera outlanded and more than doubled Chavez Jr.'s punch output in eight of the 10 rounds. Yet, somehow, judge Gwen Adair saw the fight 98-92 for the troubled former champion.
She was joined in the parade of the absurd by Carla Caiz (96-94) and Marty Denkin (97-93), who, along with her, handed Chavez Jr. a decision that, to this day, boggles the mind.
And that sordid affair came after weeks of Chavez Jr. and his camp steadily needing to increase the weight limit, per Rafael, because their guy couldn't get down in time for the fight.
Originally scheduled for 162 pounds, it was subsequently moved north to 168 and finally 173 just days before fight night.
Given all his shenanigans and poor performances of late, Chavez Jr. need to make a statement on Saturday. If he doesn't, he won't have to worry about being a fighter any more.