San Antonio, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. outslugged Bryan Vera in a super middleweight rematch to win a unanimous decision by scores of 117-110, 117-110 and 114-113 Saturday at Alamodome.
Both boxers came out trading from the opening bell and rarely let up.
But Chavez, 28, had the clear power advantage, and was landing heavier shots throughout the bout.
He landed several overhand rights in the third round, rocking Vera (23-8, 14 KOs), 32, of Austin, Texas, along the ropes.
Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KOs) also had Vera in trouble in the seventh round courtesy of his right hand.
In the 11th round, Chavez badly hurt Vera with a left and a flush right that staggered him in the middle of the ring.
Vera was disappointed with the decision, mainly because of how wide two of the scorecards were.
“I thought maybe 96-94 or a draw,” Vera said. “But no excuses, man. I got hit too much. I got hit with too many right hands. I felt he won the fight because I made too may mistakes.”
In their first meeting last Sept. 28 fight in Carson, Calif., most observers thought Vera had clearly won but the judges gave Chavez the win by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 96-94.
Chavez was then out of shape and had to pay Vera six figures to agree to increase the weight limit from 168 to 173 pounds.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said he hopes to have Chavez back on HBO this summer either against Carl Froch, Gennady Golovkin or Jean Pascal.