Chavez Jr. vs. Vera II: Live Round-by-Round Highlights and Analysis

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2014

USA Today

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. left no doubt this time around, dominating a game but outgunned Brian Vera to win a unanimous decision in their rematch on Saturday night in San Antonio.

Scores were 114-113, 117-110 and 117-110.

Bleacher Report scored the bout 116-111 for Chavez Jr.

Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO) came out much stronger than last September, showcasing his skill and power, placing Vera on notice early. His superior power was the clear story of the fight, and while he never seemed to have Vera in significant danger, his shots were considerably harder and more damaging.

Vera (24-8, 14 KO) tried to execute a similar gameplan to the one that likely should’ve earned him an upset victory last September. He was the more active fighter in spurts, but his punches just didn’t have the steam necessary to keep the bigger man off of him.

By the middle rounds it was clear that one man—Chavez Jr.—was throwing bombs, while the other—Vera—while determined, was throwing pebbles.

With the victory, Chavez Jr. positions himself for significant fights down the road, with super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin as high-profile possibilities.

In our opening contest, Orlando Salido showed that professional trumps amateur experience, using all the tricks in the book to capture a narrow split-decision victory over Vasyl Lomachenko.

Scores were 115-113 for Lomachenko and 116-112 and 115-113 for Salido.

Bleacher Report scored the contest 115-113 for Salido.

Salido (41-12-2, 28 KO) was the dominant fighter on the inside. He roughed up the decorated Ukrainian amateur champion at every opportunity, landing cleanly to the body and below with great frequency.

He was clearly the bigger fighter, having missed weight by more than two pounds on Friday, and entered the ring as a full-blown welterweight..

Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) really seemed to struggle with Salido’s physicality in the early rounds. He had no answers when the three-time world champion forced his way on the inside, and he seemed very uncomfortable with his rough, and at times dirty, tactics.

Had he won, Lomachenko, in just his second professional fight, would’ve become the fastest man to ever capture a world championship.

The contest was a rough and ugly affair throughout. Salido was guilty of dozens of uncalled low blows, and Lomachenko could easily have been penalized for excessive holding.