Bryan Vera (white trunks) trades punches with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. during their vacant WBC continental americas super middleweight title bout at Alamodome. Photo by Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico crushed Bryan Vera in their rematch, winning a clear unanimous decision in an entertaining bout at the Alamodome in Texas.
Chavez controversially defeated Vera when they first fought in September 2013, but redeemed himself with a solid victory this time around.
Judges scored the bout 117-110 twice and 114-113, all in favor of Chavez, who landed 49% of his shots, including 62% of his power shots, against Vera.
Vera threw more punches than Chavez – 961 to only 523 for the Mexican – but he connected on only 205 punches for a 21% success rate.
Vera was later quoted by Boxing Scene as saying the fight “should have been scored closer.”
“We came in and put on pressure. He was the same fighter as before,” he said.
Vera’s record dropped to 23-8, with 14 wins coming by knockout.
Meanwhile, Chavez improved to 48-1, and has won two straight since losing for the first time to Sergio Martinez in September 2012.
He is now seeking a title fight against Gennady Golovkin.
“I like that fight because Gennady Golovkin is a great fighter, a strong fighter, undefeated and one of the best in the middleweight division,” Chavez told Boxing Scene. “I would really like that fight.”