Pushing 40, a decade older than his opponent, Roberto Garcia (41-3, 24 KO) dragged Omar Chavez (36-4-1, 24 KO) into deep water, upsetting the legend’s son by way of a unanimous-decision verdict in Monterrey, Mexico.
The crowd was already buzzing from the tear-up between former strawweight champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez and Monterrey’s own Moises Calleros that served as chief support to the middleweight clash.
Garcia, nicknamed “The Threat,” proved as much aiming low early, slapping the beltline of Chavez in the opening frame. Chavez, as strapping a middleweight as you will ever see, pointed out his opponent’s transgressions to the referee.
The veteran stayed on top of Chavez in Round 2. Garcia brushed his shoulders into his man and closed the distance with a sloppy jab. He also showed off his cast-iron chin when Chavez flung right hands over his range finder.
The young man, however, was too busy complaining to the referee after every exchange to capitalize on his success.
Garcia continued to ram into Chavez. The youthful Mexican countered with ferocious uppercuts, popping Garcia’s head up in the third and fourth periods. The 37 year old’s attack only intensified.
Chavez was sucking on air and running away from the action by the end of Round 5.
Boasting the moniker “The Business Man,” Chavez seemed to clock out for the remainder of the fight.
Garcia’s output assured him the final six rounds, putting his combinations together—especially with his man on the ropes—and sharping up his jab.
With six-time world champion Julio Cesar Chavez in attendance—sporting the family’s patented red bandana—the 27-year-old Chavez offered up some energy in the tenth and final round.
Garcia only shook his head and laid his fists back at him.
Chavez can shovel like death, much like his older brother—a spiteful punching ability inherited from their father’s bloodline. But as the three judges scores were announced all in favor of Garcia, we are reminded that in a sport defined by punching, hitting hard and heavy fists, alone, are never enough.
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