Julio Cesar Chavez Jr got the win tonight over Marcos Reyes, but it's unlikely that he'll have impressed too many people, as this was another case of Chavez being able to physically bully a much smaller man.
Chavez got the win over 10 rounds on scores of 97-92, 98-91, and 96-93. BLH had it 95-94 for Chavez, with the difference on our card being an absurd point deduction that was all but ordered by Chavez during a tantrum. The clash of heads was absolutely unintentional, and the referee seemed to have no intention of deducting a point from Reyes, who had not been warned prior, until well after Chavez's display, which Showtime commentator Mauro Ranallo rightly compared to "an impetuous child."
Chavez (49-2-1, 32 KO) was clearly not in prime condition for this fight, as he looked soft and slow, much as he did earlier this year against Andrzej Fonfara. He was able to beat up on the smaller Reyes (33-3, 24 KO) thanks to his sheer physicality, and though Chavez didn't weigh in for Showtime earlier, he looked to be 20-30 pounds bigger than Reyes in the ring.
In terms of his performance, he looked no better than he did when Fonfara thrashed him in March, just more easily able to control the fight thanks to his size advantage. In that regard, this was a throwback Chavez showcase, complete with some notable struggles in a fight where he really shouldn't have had any.
What did you think of Chavez tonight, and how interested are you in what's still to come in his career?