Bookies: Chavez returns to the scene with controversial win

Julio Cesar Chavez JrBookies saw Julio Cesar Chavez Jr return to action in California after a being absent for a year with a contentious points win over Brian Vera.

Chavez was awarded the fight 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92, even though during the 10-round bout his opponent threw more than twice as many punches as him, and price per head sportsbooks could see how controversial this proved to be.

The crowd’s opinion on the verdict was heard by many bookies and price per head sportsbooks – they saw that as he was leaving the ring at the StubHub Center, the Mexican was booed, as he was making a comeback after a nine-month suspension for marijuana use.

And bookies know that the former WBC middleweight champion who was fighting for the first time since Sergio Martinez defeated him, put up with enough problems before entering the ring on Saturday night.

The fight was originally set to take place at the super-middleweight limit, but Chavez then confirmed that he would not be able to make weight. UK bookmaker services saw that instead, both camps agreed to proceed at 173lbs.

Pay per head services and bookies everywhere could clearly see that from the opening bell Vera was the aggressor, as he was always trying to keep busy. UK bookmaker services then saw that in the seventh round he cut his opponent above the nose, even though after taking a huge left he finished that round in plenty of trouble.

That punch was working well for Chavez, and price per head sportsbooks saw that afterwards he was adamant that the decision by the three judges was the right one.

“I definitely won seven or eight rounds of the fight,” he said after stretching his professional record to 47-1-1. “I was very close to knocking him out like three times in the fight.”

Vera was in clear disagreement. Statistics showed that from his punches thrown, he landed 176 of his 734, compared to 125 of 328 for Chavez.

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“This is the best performance of my career,” the American said. “The weight was never an issue. The game plan was exactly what we did. I was never hurt during the fight.”