Brian Vera wasn't expected to put up much of a fight when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last September.
The oddsmakers had JC Jr. as an 11:1 favorite heading into the contest, and boxing's former heir apparent seemed to agree with their assessment. Julio couldn't have been any more unprofessional heading into the contest, changing the agreed weight limit multiple times, generally being hard to work with.
Vera swallowed his pride and endured the disrespect, then he took out his frustration on the Mexican during their twelve rounder. Brian put on one of the most impressive performances of his boxing career, landing combinations early and often.
Unfortunately for Vera, he ended up on the wrong side of a controversial decision, as all three ring-side judges scored the fight in Chavez' favor. It's was a grave injustice, but Brian did get some solace from the fact most fans and experts scored the bout in his favor.
To make things even better, Vera will now get another chance to test his skills against the former WBC middleweight champion, when the two square up on March 1 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas for a rematch.
"I am looking forward to the rematch with Chavez," Vera said. "I know the fans want to see us fight again, especially after my very controversial loss to him. I lost on the very 'questionable' scorecards, but to the fans, I was the winner. I've gained a lot of fans after the first fight. I am coming ready to fight and am set on [getting] a victory in my home state of Texas. I'll be ready. You can count on that."
On the other side, Chavez Jr. and his handlers refuse to admit the wrong man was given the nod after their first fight. They're looking forward to getting a more dominant victory this time around.
"The last time we fought, I was coming off a hurtful loss and was out of the ring for over a year," Chavez explained. "While training to fight Vera, I made a call to [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum saying I was having a weight problem and needed help. In that fight, I was maybe 40 or 50 percent of myself and deep inside I knew it would be a difficult fight. I controlled the first fight and connected on more punches. The thing is that Vera actually thought he won the first fight which will make this fight even better. He wants to win, but I have more hunger and no weight problem. I am more motivated. This fight will do away any doubt who is the better fighter."
"On March 1, I'm going to erase a lot of doubt from the first fight," Chavez Jr. vowed.