Is Another Title Shot in the future For Julio Chavez Jr.?
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Julio Chavez Jr. emerged in his famous world champion father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s footsteps, but has yet to emerge from his championship shadow. At age 33, 50-3-1 with 32 knockouts, Culican, Mexico. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been inactive for over two years since losing a 12 round decision to Saul Alvarez. Now we will watch him return in Mexico, a former world middleweight champion with aspirations of grandeur, against 25-10 Evert Bravo at light heavyweight this Saturday on August 10, 2019, in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico.
Columbian journeyman veteran Bravo is 1-3 in his last four starts, the perfect doormat, but he is coming off a legitimate fourth-round knockout over Luis Gonzalez this past June. Bravo’s less than impressive performances include first-round knockout losses to Roamer Alexis Angulo, Walter Gabriel Sequira, and Junior Younan; a second-round knockout loss to Alfredo Angulo (who could be a future opponent for Chavez Jr.); and third-round knockout losses to Alejandro Berrio and Roberto Feliciano Bolonti. Bravo is best remembered for ruining the career of then 7-0 Jose Antonio Cervantes, the son of former WBA World Light Welterweight champion Jose Cervantes, with a first round knockout in a WBA Fedebol regional super middleweight title bout in 2008. Cervantes then went 0-15 between 2008 and 2018 in failed comeback attempts. Bravo opened his career 15-1-1 before losing in the ninth round to Thomas Oosthuizen in a vacant IBO World Super Middleweight title bout in 2011. It was all downhill for Bravo after that.
Give Chavez four of five rounds to get the ring rust cobwebs out before knocking out Bravo, if the bout lasts that long. It shouldn’t. Whether Chavez gets a world title shot at the winner of Kovalev-Yarde, Dmitry Bivol, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Jean Pascal, Artur Beterbiev, or Igor Mikhalkin, Chavez is still popular, promotable and in the 175-pound mix. While Chavez would still seem better fighting at 160 or 168 pounds, like many other evolving world-class fighters such as GGG and Saul Alvarez and Jesse Hart, Chavez will have trouble making the lower weights as he gets older, so light heavyweight is probably the best option for his latest comeback attempt. Bravo is not a significant challenge. Chavez’ second comeback bout will probably be a higher level opponent like an Isaac Chilemba, Chad Dawson or Tommy Karpency. Even more shocking, the internet BoxRec has rerated former WBC World Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who has made a remarkable medical comeback after losing to Gvozdyk, at worldwide number five.