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Chavez Jr. vs. Margarito: A good fight for casual boxing fans

Antonio Margarito Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.By Chris Williams: Bob Arum of Top Rank will probably move ahead and match his fighters WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO’s) and Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27 KO’s) up against each other next April or May in order to maximize profit for his guys. Chavez Jr. would have an even bigger weight advantage over Margarito than he did against Marco Antonio Rubio last Saturday night and that should be enough for Chavez Jr. to get a fairly easy win.

A fight between Chavez Jr. and Margarito probably won’t be a competitive fight or an interesting fight on paper for hardcore boxing fans to see, but for the causal boxing fans who know little about how badly Margarito has deteriorated in the past four years, they’ll gladly pay to see this fight on pay-per-view and/or come to Texas to watch the fight take place.

With the 14,000 fans that Chavez Jr’s fight against Marco Antonio Rubio was able to draw last Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Arum will probably shoot for the Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in a gamble to see if a Chavez-Margarito fight brings in 30,000 to 40,000 fans. That would be a real stretch but I think Arum will probably look to make this fight next and will opt to put in in the Cowboys Stadium so that he can get as many tickets sold as possible.

It’s a where Chavez Jr. would have a ton of ways to win due to how much heavier he would likely be compared to the slender 5’11” Margarito. Chavez Jr. would be faster, slightly taller at 6’0”, and would have the luxury of fighting on the inside or the outside, as he does both better than Margarito.

As bad as Margarito’s surgically repaired right eye is right now, I think it would probably close up in three or four rounds causing an early stoppage and leading to a lot of boxing fans feeling ripped off. I think it’s a really bad product for boxing fans because it would promise to be an exciting fight to fans who don’t have a clue on how bad Margarito has looked recently, but then the fight would fail to produce the fireworks due to Margarito’s right eye and lack of size. Chavez Jr. would come into the fight with a likely 15-20 pound weight advantage and would use it to bully Margarito around the ring.

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