Mario Cázares makes Chavez Jr. look woeful

No one should be subjected to the unchecked tactics employed by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on his opponent Mario Abel Cázares on Saturday evening, September 25, 2020 at the Grand Hotel Tijuana. No one in the viewing audience, not the Tijuana Boxing Commission, the ref or judges at ringside should tolerate such a distortion of what this great sport is all about.

If any of the tactics employed by Chavez Jr. against Cazares were used in either a USA or AIBA Amateur Contest or similar Professional bout, the perpetrator of these tactics, the attempted elbows to head or egregious low blows to the groin, that boxer would have certainly suffered disqualification or at the very least a point deduction. Certain rules of decorum can not be ignored. Someone should follow up with at least a stern warning.

On Saturday evening, September 25, 2020, the 30-year-old light heavyweight journeyman Mario Abel Cázares (12-0, 5 KOs), ended up stopping the six-foot tall, 34-year-old Julio César Chávez Jr. (51-5-1, 33 KOs) by TKO at the Grand Hotel Tijuana. After suffering a cut over his left eye, Chavez Jr. was examined by the fight doctor and it was determined the bout needed to be stopped. This was Chavez Jr.’s second fifth-round stoppage (in a row). If you look closely at three of the above photos you should be able to spot three of the many infractions which Chavez Jr. employed in an attempt to injure Cazares during their scuffle on Saturday night. One was an elbow to the head and the other were blows well below the belt line.

(left) We have two photos of the very same dandy, all or nothing uppercut which Mario Abel Cázares managed to land which caught Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. while he was bent over in an extremely vulnerable position. The resulting gash over Jr.’s eye led to the referee’s stoppage.
For sure this nasty cut ended up requiring 8 to 10 stitches.

Chavez Jr.’s previous fight which mirrored this one occurred on December 20, 2019 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona when the very same 173 pounder (Chavez Jr.) lost to the more seasoned 168 pound Daniel Jacobs. Despite the disparity in weight, that bout was allowed to proceed. It appears limited rounds and poor performances by Chavez have now become the norm regardless of who the opponent might be.

The story line for that prior bout: the Daniel Jacobs fight was also a hoot. Chavez Jr. shown here at their pre-fight Press Conference with his natural hair color, had been ordered to attend a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on November 20th in order to remove a suspension and recover his professional boxer’s license.

What was this all about? According to the Chavez side, a VADA testing agent showed up at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. unannounced and had no credentials to confirm his identity as a representative of VADA [the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association]. As a result, the Chavez Jr. camp concluded, “You have no credentials, then there will be no surprise voluntary drug test.” Duh! The surprise testing is the major function of that organization to prevent an unfair advantage.  

Chavez Jr.’s past history with the Anti-Doping Commission: back on November 14, 2009, it was reported the 23-year-old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at 160 lbs. fought the 159 lb. Troy Rowland (25-2, 7 KOs), from Howard City, Michigan without a result. How so? Chavez Jr. fought the bout at middleweight rather than his usual light middleweight. After the three judges declared Chavez Jr. the winner by decision, it was discovered he had used an illegal diuretic, furosemide, a banned medication, to make weight. This particular result was discovered from Vada’s pre-fight testing. Chavez Jr. was subsequently suspended for seven months and fined $10,000 by the Nevada State Boxing Commission. Since Chavez Jr. had been hospitalized 10 days before this bout for exhaustion and dehydration, according to his personal physician, Dr. Jose Salazar, who gave him the diuretic after giving him intravenous fluids and electrolytes, the Nevada Athletic Commissioner decided on leniency in light of Chavez’s hospitalization. The commission voted 4-1 for the penalty, that one holdout sought a higher penalty. Divesting himself of any blame, Chavez then dropped his personal physician after the commission’s post-fight hearing.

Jacobs ended up scoring a fifth-round TKO victory over Chavez when the latter (Chavez Jr.) quit in his corner before the beginning of the sixth round.

In a post-fight interview with DAZN’s Chris Mannix, Chavez claimed Jacobs’ illegal blows were the reason he lost the fight.

Per DAZN, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. offered the following comments, excuses and more accusations:

“It was a very good fight,” said Chavez. “I was getting close but got headbutted above the left eye. Then I had problems because of all the blood. I came over to the corner and couldn’t breathe. He elbowed me, and headbutted me. Very tough fight, I felt I couldn’t go cause I couldn’t breathe properly. The ref wasn’t calling anything. I apologize to the fans. I’d love to have a rematch. I got head-butted. He fought a dirty fight, and they didn’t even take a point away. He would have been able to continue doing the dirty work.”

Who prepped Chavez Jr. with this long list of excuses? The Donald?

Initially, Chavez said he broke his hand. You can hear that statement in the after fight video clip:

“The fight was competitive in the first two rounds, but Jacobs was beginning to land with more regularity in rounds three, four and five. The Compubox numbers below support that:

“Chavez did land a hard right hand in the fifth, and he was doing well early in the round. However, by the time the bell rang, Jacobs had seized control again. With blood running out of Chavez’s right nostril and a small cut on the left side of his face, he decided he had taken enough punishment and wanted out.

“Chavez’s accusations about headbutts and elbows are pretty far-fetched. If he was hit with any of those blows, there was nothing egregious and certainly nothing that warranted quitting in his corner.

“Professionalism and desire have always been qualities that Chavez has lacked as it relates to boxing. He has been fined and suspended for drug use in the past, thus it was concerning when he skipped the drug testing ahead of this fight.

“He’s also had problems with conditioning and weight, and he missed weight by five pounds for Friday’s fight. Based on his track record and most importantly, what I saw from the two men in the ring, I believe Chavez went looking for a way out.

“The injuries are the path he chose, and the accusations have seemingly been offered as a means to save face. At this point, after all that has transpired in his disappointing career, I’m not sure who’s buying it anymore.”

The comments from Boxing Fans: “We’re not the ones in the ring getting our face punched in. If he decides to quit, that’s on him. And for all the “tough guys” online, you get in the ring and show us how you do!”

“Jr. is not exactly a Warrior like his dad who would never quit! He’s as fake as his hair! He doesn’t represent us at all! Just quit and do us all a favor!”

“I’m still trying to figure out why people were surprised that Chavez Jr. quit? He’s done it before, plus at the weigh-in he came in 5 lbs. over the limit. Look at Andy Ruiz too. He came in a lot bigger because he didn’t take his return match serious. Only difference, Ruiz didn’t quit and people still respect him. Let’s be honest, Chavez Sr. is the reason people cheer for Jr.”

“Chavez Senior is a LION, his son a SKUNK. A true Mexican would never dye his hair blonde.”

“What’s wrong with this picture? It’s my hand, wait it’s my nose, no my knee, my hair is itchy, I’m overweight, no drug test and I’m still a quitter. But I got my money “so, no mas! He didn’t say he broke his hand. You can barely hear him say “my nose broken.” Then he tells Jacobs “you broke my nose” and Jacobs says “Yeah? I didn’t mean it.”

“DAZN is putting on mismatches. Chavez Jr. should not be fighting in a main event. He’s constantly missing weight and has failed numerous drug tests. He’s also not considered a contender, so why was he even fighting Jacobs? You got to figure that was the last opportunity Jr will get from the Mexican fans.”

“Don’t ever again let him back in the ring, because he’s garbage to the sport. Do you guys think we will ever see Chavez Jr. back in the ring after this? Quit following this man…he’s got no heart…it’s a hard pill to swallow for a proud Mexican Boxing fan.”

“The worse thing Chavez Sr. could have done was name his son Chavez Jr.”

“The Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Mario Cazares fight was basically an undisciplined fighter versus an inexperienced fighter.”

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