Last week we picked Henry Lundy to upset Mauricio Herrera. The fight was stopped in round 5 due to cuts suffered by Herrera from accidental head-butts. The bout went to the scorecards where the judges had Hererra winning by majority decision. These things happen in boxing sometimes and it was a loss for our team thus ending our win streak. We look to get back on the winning track this week and have decided to go with the bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.(48-2-1, 32 KOs) and Marcos Reyes (32-2, 24 KOs) . The main event bout will take place this Saturday at the Don Haskins Convention Center, in El Paso, Texas with Showtime televising.
This will be the first time for many viewers seeing Reyes fight live as he will be making his Showtime network debut. He has had most of his fights in Mexico. He has fought and defeated decent talent but is stepping up in class vs. Chavez Jr. Reyes knows that this is a major opportunity for him. If he were to defeat Chavez Jr. he goes from unknown to known immediately. You can expect for him to be in the best shape of his life for this fight.
Chavez Jr. is coming off of a loss and first time being stopped in his professional career. This past April he returned to the ring for the first time in over a year vs. Andrzej Fonfara. The bout was fought in the light heavyweight division which was obviously too heavy for Chavez Jr. He was the much smaller man by far and was completely dominated by Fonfara. He was dropped at the end of round 9 and didn’t come out to start round 10. It was a devastating loss for Chavez Jr. that was followed with excuses. The reality was he never should have taken the fight in the first place which his father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was against from the moment the fight was discussed. Chavez Jr. moves on now with an opportunity to prove that he can again get himself back into world title contention.
Stylistically this should shape up to be a good action fight. Reyes is not a big puncher but is willing to mix it up. This should suit Chavez Jr. just fine. Reyes is the ideal opponent for a comeback Chavez Jr. who is in need of a win. Chavez Jr. is heavily favored and for good reason. We are going to not only pick Chavez Jr. to win but to win inside the distance and become the first to stop Reyes. We feel that Reyes chin is a bit suspect having been down multiple times in his career. Chavez Jr. Physically will be much bigger than the natural middleweight Reyes come fight night. This fight will be fought in the super middleweight division which is the ideal weight for Chavez at this point in his career. This is a major reason we have gone with this predicted outcome.
Disclaimer: Boxing360’s Pick of the week is strictly for entertainment purposes only.