Bryan Vera had what he refers to as “the best performance of his career” when he squared up against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Sept. 28.
Vera, who was already forced to deal with a significantly larger opponent when Chavez Jr. failed to make weight (coming in at 173 pounds instead of the super-middleweight limit of 168 pounds), was a +800 underdog going into the fight, yet he proved to be the better boxer, landing the cleaner, crisper punches during their tilt.
Sure, Chavez Jr. had his moments as well during the fight, rocking Vera several times, but the consensus among hardcore boxing fans was that Bryan took a majority of the rounds.
Then the judge’s decisions were announced, and it turned out not a single one gave Vera the nod. The final scorecards read 97-93, 98-92, and 96-94, all in favor of JCC Jr.
To make things even worse, respected boxing trainer Virgil Hunter hinted that he saw suspicious activity going on with the judges during an interview with Chris Robinson.
“I saw some things going on around the ring. I don’t even wanna discuss it,” Virgil said. “Made me wanna puke. I saw some people standing over the judges. It was unbelievable to me. I don’t wanna discuss it. I’m not going to get into that because I’m in the sport. But like I said, my heart goes out to Bryan Vera.”
It was a tough break for a guy who had just earned his first major win, after spending the majority of his career in obscurity, only to be given a raw deal by the judges.
Not surprisingly, Chavez Jr. saw things differently.
“I never felt the fight was close. I always felt in control of the fight,” Chavez Jr. said. “There were rounds, like when I hurt my hand — he was a bit more active in those rounds. But in all the rounds, I landed the power punches.”
Vera took the loss in stride, hoping to someday get another chance to prove he’s the better man.
However, the “King Joffrey” of boxing, continues to act like the brat we’ve all come to know over the years.
“I think it’s not a good night because people expect the knockout, but I think it was good fight,” Chavez explained. “A rematch is not necessary. I can’t see him winning. I definitely won seven or eight rounds of the fight. I was very close to knocking him out like three times in the fight. He did throw a lot of punches, but his punches were not effective. All he does was use his head against me and throw low blows. I hurt my right hand early or else I would have knocked him out.”