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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andrzej Fonfara: Preview & Prediction

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The always dramatic and unpredictable Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will fight for the first time in almost 14 months when he takes on Light Heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara this Saturday, April 18 2015 from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

Chavez is coming off the hardest stretch of his professional career, which has included missing weight, a failed drug test and a DUI while only fighting a total of three times in a two year period between 2012-2014.

He suffered the first loss of his career to Sergio Martinez back in September 2012, a fight in which he was dominated. Chavez bounced back to beat smaller journeyman Bryan Vera twice, of which the first win was very controversial since many boxing followers thought Vera should have gotten the decision.

Now Chavez looks to start the next chapter in a career that has been filled with unreachable expectations of him following in his father’s footsteps. He has signed with Al Haymon, has a new trainer in Joe Goossen, and is fighting for his one year old daughter, Julia.

The only thing standing in between what boxing fans think about Chavez now, and the resurrection of his career, is Andrzej Fonfara.

Fonfara made a name for himself when he took lineal Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson the distance in their fight back in May 2014. Fonfara’s awkward length made things difficult for the much shorter Stevenson, and he even managed to knock the champ down in the ninth round.

Since losing to Stevenson, Fonfara has beaten relatively unknown contender Doudou Ngumbu back in November 2014. He has also signed with Haymon, and certainly knows that a win over a popular fighter like Chavez is beneficial for his career, and could even set him up for another title shot, possibly a rematch with Stevenson.

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