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Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) left no doubt in his rematch with Bryan Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. An in-condition Chavez outworked Vera and landed the harder shots in every round. Vera was deducted a point by Rafael Ramos for pushing in round eight. The iron-jawed Vera took a pounding kept coming. Chavez clowned and gave away the last round. In the end, Chavez won a unanimous decision by scores of 114-113, 117-110, 117-110.
Next up for Junior could be a showdown with Gennady Golovkin in the summer.
In just his second pro fight, unbeaten two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the vacant WBO featherweight title against former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs). Salido, who forfeit his title on the scale on Friday, came in at 147 pounds and had an 11 pound weight advantage as he used all his veteran experience and a fierce body attack (and many low blows) to trouble Lomachenko throughout the fight. Lomachenko staged a furious comeback over the last few rounds, but it was too little, too late. Salido won by twelve round split decision by scores of 115-113, 116-112 on two cards. Lomachenko was ahead 115-113 on the third card.
Former unified lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (39-4, 19 KOs) brought the pressure with non-stop aggression against Gerardo Robles (18-13, 9 KOs). Robles showed a good chin as he went all ten rounds. Diaz won a unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.
Unbeaten featherweight and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Samuel Sanchez (5-6-1, 1 KO). The bout was stopped by the referee at 2:03.
Unbeaten local lightweight Ivan Najera (13-0, 8 KOs) scored a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Angel Hernandez (8-2, 4 KOs) Najera dropped Hernandez in round one, but Hernandez returned the favor by flooring Nejera in round two. Najera went on to win by scores of 77-73, 77-73, 78-72.
Unbeaten welterweight KO artist Jose “Chon” Zepeda (19-0, 17 KOs) showed his power in a second round TKO over Johnnie Edwards (15-7-1, 8 KOs). The referee waved off the fight with Edwards taking heavy fire. Time was 2:10.
Unbeaten welterweight “El Cholo” Alex Saucedo (13-0, 9 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over determined veteran Gilberto Venegas 12-13, 4 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
Featherweight Jerren Cochran (11-0, 4 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Aduato Gonzalez (11-10, 4 KOs). Scores were 59-54, 59-54, 60-53.