There wasn’t any controversy during the WBC Middleweight Championship fight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 4, but there was plenty of it afterwards. Chavez Jr. defended his title by unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Rubio in a decent, but not overly exciting fight, by scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 118-110.
Chavez struggled to make the middleweight limit of 160 lbs., but he did by weighing in at 159.5 lbs. However he then put 22 lbs. back on overnight and reportedly entered the ring at 181 lbs. while Rubio, who weighed in 1t 159, came into the ring at 171 lbs. The 10-pound difference in their weights was quite noticeable as Chavez was the much bigger and stronger man.
The fight was pretty uneventful until the last two rounds when the two Mexicans decided to slug it out. Chavez’s face was marked up after the 12 rounder as Rubio landed a lot of short, inside shots. The controversy came in the press conference when Rubio’s promotion team accused Chavez of ducking out on the WBC’s mandatory urine test which must be done by both fighters.
Rubio’s team said Chavez flew out of the dressing room after the bout and didn’t leave a urine sample. Chavez was asked about it during the post-fight press conference, but didn’t answer the question. Rubio’s team claimed they also asked Jose Sulaiman, the WBC president, and he simply said that Chavez forgot to leave a sample.
After a fight against Troy Rowland in December 2009, Chavez was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for seven months because a diuretic known as furosemide was found in the boxer’s blood system. Rubio’s team said that a late sample is better than nothing and is demanding that Chavez leaves a sample since some illegal substances can be found in a person’s system up to six months later. Oswaldo Kuchle, who is Rubio’s promoter, said the WBC should force Chavez to follow the organization’s own rules.
With the win Chavez raised his record to 45-0-1, with 31 KOs while Rubio fell to 53-6-1, with 46 KOs. Both fighters threw a lot of punches, but neither of them landed any big shots and neither of them was hurt during the fight. Rubio was the busier of the two, and Chavez’s face proved he did some damage over 12 rounds, but there wasn’t enough power in the challenger’s shots to stagger the champion.
It was also reported after the fight that Chavez was charged with drinking and driving in Los Angeles two weeks before the bout and has a court date on March 16. Along with his struggle to make weight, these events have led many fans to accuse him of not being mature enough to be a world-class boxer. Many fans believe he’s just living off of his father’s name and will be beaten as soon as he faces a legitimate top-five opponent.
Up until now though, he’s unbeaten, but there are still a lot of questions regarding his skill and dedication. Chavez said he’ll stay at middleweight for the time being and fight Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez, or Antonio Margarito next. However, Cotto’s fighting Floyd Mayweather in May and he’s not a middleweight anyway and neither is Margarito. He’s been accused of hiding behind Sulaiman and the WBC and ducking Martinez, and it looks like Margarito could be his next test.