Julio Chavez Jr showed he still had it winning his rematch against Bryan Vera in a split decision.
Julio Chavez Jr. won a physical fight against Bryan Vera, regaining the respect he lost in their last fight.
Their previous fight ended in controversy when Chavez, who had to raise Vera’s pay to six figures when he failed to make weight, was awarded the victory despite most observers thinking Vera had won.
This time though Chavez was in great shape and worked at Vera’s body steadily wearing him down and controlling the fight.
“This time I prepared to win round by round and not to make weight. A week before I was on weight and I was able to work, losing the weight wasn’t a problem and didn’t take my strength away. I made a better fight this time and we won more clearly. I proved to all the people I’m a better fighter than Bryan Vera,” Chavez said.
In the co-feature Orlando Salido won the fight but lost his belt after failing to make weight against Vasyl Lomachenko, a two time Olympic gold medalist.
Despite being stripped of his featherweight title for not making weight the day before the fight, Salido still managed a win over Lomachenko, who was still eligible to claim the title.
“He couldn’t make the weight. When they get older, taking the last few pounds off is sometimes impossible. He really tried. He’s not a screw-up. They brought a doctor in and the doctor said if they forced him below 128 pounds there could be serious repercussions and dehydration. So he pays the fine, gives up the title and will make the best fight he can,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said.
Salido won the tough fight by split decision stopping Lomachenko’s dream of winning a title in his second professional fight.
“It was a tough fight, and we knew that going in. I fought intelligently. Measured his punches, I had my strategy. I had to keep my punches flowing, and I tried to land as many punches as I could. I thought my experience was the difference between the two of us,” Salido said.
Arthur Abraham reclaimed the WBO super middleweight title in his rematch against fellow German Robert Stieglitz.
Stieglitz was the more aggressive but was beaten by Abraham’s counters and was dropped to his knee in the last round.
“I can’t explain this decision. I led for the whole time. I see myself as the winner in any case. I lost the last round but not the whole fight,” said Stieglitz.
“That was a real battle. Respect to Stieglitz, respect to my coach. We really saw a good fight. Of course I see myself as the winner. I won through my hard punches,” Abraham said.
Written By Daniel Whyntie