SAN DIEGO, September 28, 2013 – First, let’s focus on the positive. Adonis “Superman” Stevenson notched a solid if not superheroic TKO victory over Tavoris Cloud in front of his delighted hometown fans in Montreal.
It wasn’t a repeat of the first round knockout that thrilled fans in June, but Stevenson showed good boxing skills and did his late mentor Emanuel Steward proud. He had fun in the ring and brought his fans along for the ride.
Stevenson (22-1-0, 18 KOs), 36, took command over Cloud, 31 (24-2-0, 19 KOs) who wasn’t able to answer Stevenson’s attack. The cumulative damage done over seven rounds with resulting cuts over both of Cloud’s eyes was significant enough that his corner would not let Cloud come out for the eighth round.
Fans are now thirsting to see Stevenson fight hard-punching Russian Sergey Kovalev. Stevenson didn’t seem too eager about the idea in the post-fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, suggesting he would rather fight the winner of a Jean Pascal/Lucien Bute bout first while Kovalev has a few more bouts before they meet. We’d rather see it sooner than later. It’s a fight worth looking forward to.
On the judges’ scorecards, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO) won a unanimous decision in 10 rounds over Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KO Saturday in Carson, California. But Chavez Jr. lost in every other way it counts. It’s hard to have a shred of respect left for him.
Members of the boxing media, fellow professional boxers and fans were exasperated with Chavez Jr.’s lack of serious preparation for the bout, his inability to make weight, and his whining at referee Lou Moret about a variety of issues both during and after the fight.
Vera agreed to take on the much bigger Chavez Jr., and while he couldn’t have been happy about it, he didn’t whine about it. Vera got down to business and was by far the busier fighter. Vera landed more punches overall and more power punches than Chavez Jr., although his connect percentage was lower than Chavez Jr. Chavez Jr. landed the harder punches, but what do you expect? He must have outweighed Vera by 20 pounds at fight time. HBO showed Chavez Jr.’s photo during a discussion of lineup of light heavyweight contenders.
By the end of the fight, observers crossed their fingers the judges would give the victory to Vera, who outworked and outclassed Chavez Jr. But it was not to be. Judges Carla Caiz, Gwen Adair, and Marty Denkin rewarded the heavier puncher and the guy with the bigger, uh, reputation.
Vera said after the fight to HBO’s Max Kellerman that he did enough to win the fight, “I came in this fight, I never fought over 170 in my life. I backed his a** up the whole time. I worked him. He had me dazed a couple of times, he never really hurt me.“
Vera said he would bounce back, and he’d like to fight Chavez Jr. again at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds.
Chavez Jr. said he didn’t think Vera won the fight. Chavez said he won even though he claimed he fractured his right hand midway through the fight, which accounting for his lack of punching. He complained that Vera was “fighting dirty” with head butts and low blows, but that referee Moret didn’t do anything about it.
When you walk away with a gift victory like Chavez Jr. did, you don’t complain about anything after the fight. You shut your mouth, go home and straighten up your act. You remember the sound of the fans booing your victory and read some of the media reports expressing disgust with your lack of respect for your father’s name and for the sport of boxing and you get busy.
Chavez Jr. barely put 5,200 people in the seats at the Stub Hub Center. He’ll sell even fewer tickets if he doesn’t heed this wake-up call and get serious about boxing.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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