Julio Cesar Chavez Jr toes it up tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against the WBC interim Champ, an undefeated German middleweight making his US debut, Sebastian Zbik. The full WBC title is on the line.
Both fighters are actually undefeated, a modern development in the fight game as promoters often nurse prospects carefully against overmatched opponents until they can get a crack at one of the dozens of ABC title belts available these days.
Chavez is 42-0-1, 30 KOs with some decent pop, but Zbik’s 30-0-0, 10 KO record suggests a light swatter more comfortable in the Germanic concentric zone he fights out of, relying on the good graces of German appointed officials.
I’ve never seen Zbik fight, but at very least he should have good boxing skills and a decent enough chin to last quite a few rounds, so we might see a good fight before all is said and done.
I’ve seen Junior develop from the scratch beginnings of his pro career with little to no amateur experience to draw upon. His critics are voracious in reminding us that he’s no Senior Chavez, yet they are equally ignorant in understanding that nobody else around is either, so most criticism of junior is worthless or worse.
To be sure, Freddie Roach would not be working with him if he didn’t see some potential, but one thing is certain, the kid can fight and shows some heart even if he wasn’t always showing enough championship discipline during training or in the ring.
Look at that overdeveloped middle knuckle on his left hand and tell me the kid doesn’t put in some hard time in sparring and on the heavy bag these days though. Now is his time and big fights await him if he prevails even if the glory and respect is lagging. With his undefeated brother Omar still waiting in the wings for his first title shot, it’s gonna be a Chavez family affair for a while longer
I’m thinking this proves to be an interesting fight that sees Chavez Jr prevail, so if you want to see a little bit of the Chavez family history at work, tonight is the the night.