Just when you thought the career of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (51-4-1, 33 KOs) couldn’t get any worse, it did.
Where do I begin? Alright, let’s start from the beginning.
Chavez Jr. took on Daniel Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, in Phoenix Arizona, on December 20, 2019. The bout was scheduled to take place in the Super Middleweight division.
In true Chavez Jr. fashion, he failed to make the 168-pound limit. Jacobs could have simply walked away from the contest due to Chavez coming in at practically Light Heavyweight, but instead the former Middleweight champion from Brooklyn, New York, pocketed a cool million dollars as compensation.
Thankfully for the fans, and the bank account of Jacobs, the fight went as planned.
Chavez Jr. came into the contest spewing his typical “I’ve changed” speech. No longer was he drinking and training half heartedly. Instead, he was taking this contest seriously and was on a diet.
Doubts of his statement came from everyone as Chavez Jr. has seldom ever shown a tendency to take his boxing craft seriously. With that being said however, Chavez Jr. looked good during the first two rounds of this contest. Really good actually.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Chavez Jr. reverted back to his old form. Jacobs began taking over the fight in the third round as his speed and accuracy began to trouble his opponent.
In the fifth round, Jacobs did a great job of out boxing his man, but Chavez Jr. had plenty of moments. He managed to connect with a number of big shots which seemed to bother Jacobs ever so slightly.
By the end of the fifth, Chavez Jr. had a bloody nose, coupled with a cut over his left eye. Yet, the fight was a close one.
With the half way point of the contest coming up, fans really got comfortable in their seats as it was clear that this was going to be a good matchup.
Unfortunately for those in attendance and streaming on DAZN, they were wrong.
Without any warning at all, the fight was over. According to Chavez Jr., he believed that he broke his hand. Chavez Jr.’s trainer, Freddie Roach, on the other hand, said that Chavez Jr. could not breath because of his bloody nose.
None of it makes sense and regardless of what his actual aliment was, Chavez Jr. can not be afforded the benefit of the doubt.
Let’s not forget that Chavez Jr. did something similar back in 2015, when he also quit in his contest against Andrzej Fonfara.
Before the contest began, as Chavez Jr. made his way to the ring, he was greeted by cheers from his adoring fans. It was a completely different scene afterwards as the fans in Arizona were seen throwing trash at everyone, but mostly Chavez Jr.
It was a terrible seen, but also a hilarious one.
Jacobs didn’t score the victory in the fashion that he wanted, but regardless, a win is a win. He’ll now look towards much bigger fights in 2020.
Final Grade for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: F
Is there a grade worse than an F?
No right? So an F will have to do here.
There is no point in giving Daniel Jacobs a grade. He did a great job and did what he had to do. The true story here is Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
He has once again found a way to bring even more shame to his family name.
His father, the great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., who is a hall of famer, was seen on camera with a look of pure disgust just before he buried his face in his hands.
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. is one of boxing’s all-time greats and quite possibly the greatest Mexican fighter of all-time.
If Chavez Jr. wants to restore credibility to his fathers name then he should do him a favor and simply retire.
We’ve all seen enough.