Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., bounced back after suffering just the second loss of his career with a unanimous decision (97-92, 98-91, 96-93) over Marcos Reyes in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday in front of 9,245 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Reyes was the more active fighter - he doubled Chavez's output - but simply couldn't hurt his larger opponent. After the loss to Andrzej Fonfara in April, Chavez decided to campaign at super middleweight but failed to meet the 168-pound limit for the bout against natural middleweight Reyes.
Chavez (49-2-1, 32 KOs), who was fighting for the first time with trainer Robert Garcia, seemed to be able to land his power shots at will, however he would pick his spots and had long bouts of inactivity. Although he was working with a new trainer, Chavez continued to bulldoze forward and fought a very similar fight as he did against Fonfara, this time against a much smaller opponent.
After the fight, Reyes (33-3, 24 KOs) preached his case to SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray and pointed out the weight disparity.
"I feel I won the fight. I showed him how I box," Reyes said. "I made the weight at 168 and he didn't make weight. He's like a light heavyweight fighting a middleweight.
n the co-feature, McJoe Arroyo won a technical decision over Arthur Villanueva to win the vacant IBF Junior Bantamweight World Championship after the bout was stopped at 2:10 in the 10th round due to a deep gash over Villanueva's right eye. The fight went to the judges' scorecards and Villanueva was ahead 97-92, 98-91 after the judges scored the 10th.
In the opening bout of the evening, undefeated 140-pound contender Amir Imam knocked out Fernando Angulo with a thundering right to earn a mandatory shot at the winner of the scheduled fall showdown between Viktor Postol and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Championship.