Fonfara batters Chavez Jr. in TKO win
- Updated: April 19, 2015
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returned to the ring from a one year absence into a new division, with a new promoter and new trainer, only to be dropped and stopped after eight rounds in a TKO loss to Andrez Fonfara on Saturday night from the Stub Hub Center.
Chavez Jr, (48-2-1, 32 KOs) was active and threw to the body and head, but it was Fonfara who stayed consistent with his game plan to fight leading with his jab.
Fonfara was also able to catch Chavez coming in, as the son of legend Julio Cesar Chavez would barrel in leaving his head exposed for most of the night.
Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) took many of Chavez’s best shots and was still able to keep his wits about him and his gameplan intact, which lead to his success.
At the end of round eight, Fonfara landed a left hook to the head while Chavez was backing up. Chavez went down to the canvas, was able to beat the count and after returning to his corner, led by new trainer Joe Goossen, the fight was stopped and Chavez did not answer the bell for a ninth frame.
Fonfara was up large on all three cards at the time of the stoppage and out-threw his Mexican opponent with 800 punches to Chavez’s 300 plus.
The loss marked Chavez’s second career loss and first since signing with adviser Al Haymon, who paid Top Rank an undisclosed figure for the rights to promote Chavez Jr. and sponsored the nights Showtime event.
The early rounds provided much drama to the delight of the 8,000 plus fans in attendance.
At the time of the stoppage, those fans chose to throw items, mostly beer cans, into the ring.
3MR witnessed WBC President Mauricio Suliaman stop a beer can with an open can while ringside.
“I was like a baseball player,” Suliaman later said to 3MR.
Amir Imam put out on another impressive performance on the Showtime airwaves, winning a workman-like effort over Nicaragua’s Walter Castillo in a ten round light welterweight contest.
Brother to Chavez Jr., Omar Chavez, won a disputed decision victory over Richard Gutierrez in an eight round fight. Chavez started slow but warmed up in the later rounds.
The judges gave Chavez the fight 78-74 and 77-75 twice for a unanimous decision nod but the crowd crowned Gutierrez the winner.
Brother to Marcos Maidana, Fabian Maidana, won his sixth pro fight in as many contests by stopping Cory Vom Baur inside two rounds in the welterweight division.