Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. retained his WBC middleweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over tough Marco Antonio Rubio. Scores were 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113. Chavez Jr. struggled to make weight - and then put on nearly 22 pounds in the 30 hours between the weigh-in and the fight - but looked strong throughout and did not fade down the stretch. However, he reportedly skipped a mandatory post-fight drug test so there may be more to this story. Combine this with his arrest for drunk driving just two weeks prior to the fight and it looks like the 25-year-old Chavez still has a lot of maturing to do before he's ready to face the real middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
Punch Stats: Total Punches - Chavez Jr.: 237 of 560 (42%); Rubio: 201 of 962 (21%). Power Punches: Chavez Jr.: 209 of 429 (49%); Rubio: 157 of 653 (24%).
In the co-feature, Nonito Donaire, a top five pound-for-pounder, moved up in weight to claim the vacant WBO super bantamweight title with a tougher than expected twelve round split decision over former champ Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.. Donaire dropped Vasquez in round nine with an uppercut, left hook combo but Vasquez popped right up and remained competitive until the final bell. Donaire hurt his left hand early in the bout and - unlike many fighters who claim an injured hand to excuse a poor performance - the tape on Donaire's hand was soaked with blood when his glove was removed after the fight. Scores were 117-110 twice for Donaire and an atrocious 115-112 for Vasquez from judge Ruben Garcia, who somehow only gave four rounds to Donaire. Add Garcia to the long list of judges who should find another line of work.
Punch Stats: Total Punches - Donaire: 231 of 556 (42%); Vasquez Jr.: 163 of 548 (30%). Power Punches: Donaire: 147 of 245 (60%); Vasquez Jr.: 56 of 163 (34%).