Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Marcos Reyes Showtime Recap
By Jason Gonzalez, Real Combat Media Arizona Boxing Correspondent
El Paso, TX (July 19th, 2015) —Some faith has been restored this Saturday on Showtime as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr won his fight against Marcos Reyes and advanced to a record of 49-2-1. There was doubt that Chavez could win this fight because of his notoriety of being lazy and his recent knockout loss against Fonfara earlier this year. But it has been proven by his performance Saturday that a switch in trainers has done Chavez good.
Starting the card on Saturday night was Amir Imam (18-0, 15 ko’s), who is promoted by Don King, took on Fernando Angulo (28-9, 16 ko’s). Angulo was aggressive throughout the fight, but Imam stayed calm and out boxed him. A jab followed by stiff right hand by Imam knocked Angulo out cold in the 4th round. After his win Imam felt confident enough to call out Floyd and even call Danny Garcia a cherry picker in hopes to score a big fight.
Then in the co-main event McJoe Arroyo (17-0, 8 ko’s) fought against Arthur Villanueva (27-1, 14 ko’s) for the vacant IBF World super flyweight title. This was a technical, skill based fight and everything was looking good until there was a headbutt in the 6th round. The headbutt caused a cut over Villanueva’s right eye causing the fight to end short and go to the score cards. Arroyo won the fight by unanimous decision making him the new IBF World super flyweight champion.
To top it all off Chavez fought Reyes in a fight where it was quality punches coming from Chavez and a quantity of punches coming from Reyes. In the beginning of the fight Chavez was moving a lot around the ring, not throwing as much, but he was feeling Reyes out. As the fight went on Reyes established himself as the one with the higher punch output, but his punches failed to make Chavez think twice about getting close. After the fighters got into rhythm Chavez started to throw bombs. Chavez’s punches were crisp, clean, and would land so hard that it would make you wonder how Reyes was still standing. One thing that was apparent in the fight was the use of `Chavez’s jab, which many times stopped Reyes in his attempts. Something that raised eyebrows was towards the end of the fight when Reyes threw a low blow and the referee called a time out. Which he then proceeded to deduct a point for what it seemed to be a headbutt, not the low blow? Chavez’s ability to cut of the ring and throw combinations won him the fight by unanimous decision.
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