Marcos Reyes vs Julio Cesar Chavez Preview July 18th
Former world middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr of Mexico will be stepping back into the ring this Saturday night July 18th when he squares off against fellow countrymen Marcos Reyes. The scheduled 10-round super middleweight bout will be taking place at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso Texas and can be seen live in the U.S. on the Showtime network.
The 29-year-old Chavez Jr. will climb through the ring ropes with an impressive record of 48-2-1 with 32 Kos while the 27-year-old Reyes has an equally impressive mark of 33-2 along with 24 Kos. Chavez went 23-0 after turning pro back in 2003 and was 41-0-1 when he won the WBC world title against Sebastian Zbik by a close majority decision. He defended the crown against Andy Lee, Peter Manfredo Jr. and Marco Antonio Rubio, but was then beaten by Sergio Martinez of Argentina by a unanimous decision in September of 2012.
Reyes turned pro in 2007 and went 13-0 to start of his career along with 11 Kos. Reyes’ is well known for his punching power and has twice run up streaks of 10 straight knockouts. His last outing came back in January when he beat David Alonso Lopez by unanimous decision and he’s won five out of his last half dozen contests. However, he’ll be stepping up in class when he enters the ring against Chavez and he has just two stoppages in his last two fights.
In fact, Reyes’s punching power could be somewhat overrated. He’ll jump on his opponent when he sees a chance, but doesn’t go in search of stoppages from the opening bell. He has quick hands and likes to land aggressive flurries, but will be facing somebody in Chavez who has a pretty decent chin. Chavez was stopped in his last bout though when Andrzej Fonfara beat him decisively in nine rounds April. He’s also lost some of his own power since Chavez has gone the distance in six of his last eight victories. However, he has no problem going toe-to-toe with his opponents and we’ll soon see how good Reyes’ chin is.
Chavez has 263 pro rounds under his belt since 2003 and owns a knockout ratio of 62 per cent. He’s 6-foot-1-inch tall with a 73-inch reach. Reyes stands the same height, but his reach is unlisted. He’s fought 186 pro rounds and his Ko ratio is 69 per cent.
This is basically Chavez’s fight to lose. He’s had problems outside of the ring in the past and has also had difficulty with motivation and making weight. He’ll be fighting at super middleweight here instead of light heavyweight and will also be fighting an opponents who has spent most of his career as a middleweight. If Chavez is focused and in top form he’ll win this bout. If he’s not, then he’ll lose again and soon become just an “opponent” rather than a title contender. It’s all up to him.
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