One of the most recognizable names in boxing, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) will attempt to get back on the winning track when he meets Mexico's Marcos "Dorado" Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) on Saturday, July 18, from the Don Haskins Center at UTEP in El Paso, Texas.
Chavez is a Mexican superstar and former middleweight world champion. He's also the son of legendary Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., a six-time world champion in three weight classes considered, by acclamation, as the greatest Mexican fighter of all time and as one of the best boxers of all time.
So who is Marcos Reyes?
"I'm the boxer who's going to beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.," he said. "I'm the one who's going to take advantage of my opportunity of a lifetime. I'm the one who'll show everybody that I'm a better fighter than him.
"I've proven to be a good fighter in my career but I'm hungry to be something more. I want to make a name for myself. I'm not intimidated. I want to beat Chavez so I can fight with the best."
Reyes, of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico, is 27. An eight-year-pro, he stands 6-foot-1, the identical height of Chavez. Chavez is the naturally bigger boxer, of course, a fact that's not been lost on anybody, including most certainly Reyes.
"When they told me about the Chavez fight, I couldn't believe it," Reyes said. "I just said, 'OK, let's do it.' I just didn't care about anything but making the fight. I wanted this fight to happen so badly.