February 2nd, 2012 By John Signorella
New York, NY- “Big time” boxing makes it’s first appearance of the year when Mexico’s “Son of a Legend” WBC Middleweight (160) Champion Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs) squares off against “been there done that, but never did it” hapless challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 36 KOs) over 12 proposed rounds of throw down at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday at 10:00 PM ET on HBO.
IS “JUNIOR” THE GOODS OR JUST HYPE?
At the tender age of just 26 years old, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has already competed in 45 fights without knowing defeat. However, his level of opposition has left much to be desired. Since his professional debut in 2003, Chavez opponents have commonly been comprised of “C” class battlers with losing records. During that span Chavez went “life and death” with two (at best) “B” class fighters and barely crossed the finish line in each. To his credit, Chavez has displayed proven boxing ability; especially in the educated way he varies his punch selection. In addition, by recently hiring Hall of Fame bound boxer/trainer Freddie Roach
, Chavez has shown a willingness to continue to learn his craft. At the end of the day, the acquisition of a legendary trainer can only help, plus: Julio can bang some.
A non household name on just about any part of the pugilist planet, Marco Antonio Rubio is solid scrapper who possesses minor power. Albeit, Marco usually only blasts out “B” and “C” level opponents; his punching strength could be a telling facet in seeing if Chavez is better then the aforementioned “lighter” opposition that has suffered Rubio’s wrath.
DONAIRE IN THE UNDERCARD IS HIGH ON EVERYONE’S TOP TEN ‘POUND FOR POUND’ LIST
Recently crowned WBO/WBC bantamweight (118) kingpin and “pound for pound” top five elite boxer in the world “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring in attempt to earn another title as he steps up in weight to clam the vacant WBO super bantamweight (122) strap against dangerous hard punching former belt holder Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) in scheduled 12 round affair.
FACE TO THE FLOOR
Bursting on the scene with a sensational one punch knockout win over then undefeated Vic Darchinyin (W KO 5), Nonito Donaire’s slaying of the “Raging Bull” propelled his status as challenger to champion overnight. Conventional wisdom led one to believe that a win of such magnitude would have opened the doors to more marquee fights and lucrative paydays. However that wasn’t the case. In a victory that was supposed to elevate him into the upper stratosphere of the sport, Nonito was instead fighting against mostly over matched fighters on “small time” independent Top Rank PPV cards. However, by knocking out 8 of his last 10 opponents in stellar fashion, the “suits” at the major networks (and the public) are finally starting to take notice to the uniquely violent “T.V. friendly” skills of Donaire. Nonito’s highlights during that sinister 10 fight span include breaking the face and smashing the nose of rough brawler Volodymyr Sydorenko (W KO 4) and starching former two-division belt holder Fernando Montiel with an electrifying second round one-punch knockout.
Writer’s note: Being that Donaire is considered to be a world elite pugilist, and the fact that his bout appears to be the more difficult of the two scheduled on the card, Nonito should be the featured attraction, not “dada’s boy” Chavez.
SILENT FISTIC STORM
Albeit a non-household name, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. has campaigned as a professional for the better part of six years with one lone loss, a knockout against savvy veteran mad man Jorge Arce (L TKO 12). Mostly competing against stiff opposition in a very talent deep division, Vazquez is a former titlest and from such accolade; has truly merited the status of being labeled as a “worthy” contender to gain another championship. Now in his seemingly most difficult assignment to date, Wilfredo will look to call upon his feverishly furious tempo of artistic mayhem to overcome his vastly skilled nemesis.
ESPN CRACKS THAT FIRST BEER FOR YA
Adhering to the norm, “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated series features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s main event pits formertwo time middleweight title challenger Edison Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs) opposite of unheralded scrapper Isaac Chilemba (18-1-1, 9 KOs) at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday at 10 PM ET.