It wouldn’t be a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight without something a little weird anymore, and something more than a little weird happened tonight in Tijuana.
The 34-year-old Chavez suffered a pretty stunning upset loss, dropping a technical decision to unbeaten but totally unproven 30-year-old Mario Cazares on scores of 57-56, 57-56, and 59-54. Bad Left Hook also had the fight 57-56 for Cazares when it was stopped.
If you hadn’t already given up on Chavez (51-5-1, 33 KO) as a relevant fighter beyond his name recognition, the time is probably now. Cazares (12-0, 5 KO) may be unbeaten, but he’s not really a prospect — he’s too old for that, for one thing, and he’d only once faced a fighter with a winning record before tonight, a guy who was 9-8-1 last December.
But it was clear very quickly that Cazares was all business, and did not