Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defeated Sebastian Zbik of Germany by majority decision on Saturday to win the WBC middleweight title, getting a major step in the direction of setting up his individual heritage as his well known father appeared on.
The fight for the Mexican was being scored by two judges, 115-113 and 116-112, whereas the third has it a draw.
Chavez talked about the gym of his trainer, Freddie Roach, who as well works with Manny Pacquiao, saying, “My father came to the Wild Card and told me, ‘This is where you win the fight, not down the street at Staples Center.’ Work hard, listen to Freddie Roach. This is how you win titles.”
The father of Chavez won his first title in the same town in 1984, when he ended Mario Martinez to win the WBC junior lightweight title at the Olympic Auditorium.
His son who is 25 years old was after against Zbik (30-1), who was the faster boxer and landed more blows early. However, Chavez kept coming forward, countering with hard body shots that seemed to slow his German challenger down.
Roach said, “Zbik had a lot of heart. He came to win, he fought hard. But Junior was in the best condition ever. He simply outlasted Zbik.”
He said, “I won the first five or six rounds. I thought I was far ahead. But I got hit with those body shots and began to get tired. … My corner told me I had to win the final round and I thought I did. The judges gave Chavez all the close rounds.”