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Fonfara Overwhelms Chavez Jr. to 9th-Round Stoppage

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Andrzej Fonfara Harry How Getty
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Once again, the son of the Mexican legend disappointed fans tonight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) was overwhelmed by Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) en route to a ninth-round TKO in a scheduled 12-round Light Heavyweight fight that was televised by Showtime Sports in the U.S.

The 29-year-old native of Mexico, had trouble earning the respect of Fonfara in Rounds 1 and 2 as he was kept away by a powerful jabs.

However, it wasn’t Fonfara’s offense that disillusioned Chavez–it was in fact the lack of power he had against the much larger and stronger Fonfara.

“When I started the first round, I knew I won this fight,” said Fonfara, who grew confident after taking Chavez’s best punches and noticed that they had no effect on him.

In Round 3, Chavez dug his head into Fonfara’s chest to land combinations, but Fonfara was still unfazed and easily pushed Chavez away to land combinations of his own.

Fonfara’s natural size advantage allowed him to land short and concise punches from a distance as he dominated Chavez throughout the fight.

In a surprising turn, Chavez was dropped for the first time in his career. The usually iron-chinned Chavez was no match for the much stronger and smarter 27-year-old native of Poland.

Chavez got up, but even as Fonfara got closer, his legs were still shaking.

Fonfara sought for the kill, but Chavez was game enough to continue fighting–that is, until the round ended.

After the knockdown, Chavez was heard telling his corner to stop the fight due to a leg injury, but it was clear that he know himself that he was outgunned and had no hope of winning the fight.

Fonfara walked away with the WBC International Light Heavyweight title, while Chavez Jr. walked away to disappointed jeers from the fans at the StubHub Center.

It is unclear how Chavez will move forward with his career, but tonight is an eyesore that one will not forget soon.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Andrzej Fonfara Harry How Getty 2Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

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