Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Wins WBC Middleweight Belt

Fighting in the same town where his father won the first of his six titles in three divisions back in 1984, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr outlasted defending champion Sebastian Zbik via majority decision to take the WBC Middleweight title on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Zbik, the German champion who came into the fight with a 30-0 record, used his speed to win most of the first six rounds. However, Chavez Jr went to the body in the second half of the fight to slow down Zbik. Sensing that the match could go either way, both fighters went toe-to-toe in the final round, with Chavez Jr coming out on top in the exchanges. When the scorecards came in, two of the judges saw Chavez Jr as the victor, 115-113 and 116-112, while the third judge had the fighters even at 114.

Although he was able to duplicate Chavez Sr by winning a world title in his first attempt, Chavez Jr said he still has a long way to go before he can be compared to his soon-to-be Hall of Famer father. “I will have to fight a long time and win many more titles to be the equal of my father,” Chavez Jr said.