Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Dominik Britsch
BY KID HERSH
On beIN Sports Espanol from Arena Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, came Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s (49-2-1, 32KO's) comeback fight against Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11KO's). In the first round Britsch was landing nice left hooks on Chavez Jr. when he was making his way inside. This changed in the second round as Jr. landed some good body shots on Britsch and worked his way inside with head movement or behind a jab. He was making Britsch very uncomfortable and hesitant to throw punches as he was more worried about covering up and creating distance between himself and Jr. Chavez Jr. was able to do anything he wanted in the coming rounds, with Britsch putting up almost no resistance other than a high guard for defense to take some sting off of shots. Chavez would simply cover up and wade his way inside to unload power shots that would glance and miss and hit, about in that order. Chavez seemed to have Britsch going at a couple different points in the second half of the fight. The seventh round was one time, nearing the end of it, when he had Britsch careening on the ropes after loading a power combination. Still, something was missing from Chavez on the night, because while he looked like he was in good physical shape and back to his old form he was missing the ability to turn it up another gear and take Britsch out. He also was not cutting off the ring effectively. Sure, he was able to get Britsch in his wheelhouse when he wanted to, but really he should have been able to do more than he did. Maybe I am being too harsh on him due to him being out of the ring for nearly a year and half, but if he expects to compete with the Badou Jacks out there he has to up his game another couple levels than we saw against Britsch. He had Britsch reeling in the tenth and final round but was not able to close the show with a knockout win, having to settle with a unanimous decision.
After Chavez Jr. they had a prospect fight between Jaime Munguia (18-0, 15KO's) and Alvaro Robles (19-6, 17KO's). Robles is a battle tested little guy but they keep putting him in with these killer prospects that absolutely tower over him, just like Munguia. Robles rushed forward from the opening bell but quickly found out that he is going to picked apart by the bigger and longer man if he rushes in at full throttle speed. Robles was landing punches in spots in the first round but by the end of it Munguia had calmed down and was picking his spots on Robles. Munguia would reveal that he was a surprisingly easy target for the much smaller man to hit due to his severely leaky defense and chin straight up in the air like a statue style. Every time Munguia unloads a punch his chin is sitting right out in the open, inviting a fist to nail it. Robles would eventually go down in the third round from the onslaught by the much bigger man, but he would show why he got the nickname "Tyson" as he dug deep and battled back, buzzing Munguia shortly afterwards as he pushed the larger, younger man backwards in retaliation to the crowds delight. Robles was taking more damage - particularly body damage (which is what sent him down in the third round) - in the fourth round but he was still having his moments against Munguia, which is troubling for the undefeated prospect. His defense is about one of the leakiest I have seen in quite some time and it is seemingly odd to me that he continually leaves his chin wide open to be hit. Munguia started off the fifth round getting a point deducted for something that I am not totally sure of, as the programming came back right in time to see the referee taking the point away. It mattered not though, as Munguia hurt Robles with left hands early in the fifth round that sent him to the canvas. he got up but did not recoup enough before the referee stopped him from taking further punishment. Not a great showing here by Munguia, who has a lot to work on.
After the Munguia win they showed Omar Chavez take out the chubby, severely out of shape Cesar Chavez in one of the quickest fights you will see after he concentrated his attack to the flabby midsection of his opponent then went back upstairs with a single hook and it was night over early. Cesar did not appear to want to fight tonight though - physically or mentally.
Interesting note: Jessie Vargas was on the beIN announcing team. The guy is really making the rounds - I see him everywhere!