Julio Cesar Chavez Jr continued his campaign at middleweight last night, turning back John Duddy at the famed Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
Chavez was coming off his only previous appearance at the weight, a ten round points verdict over Troy Rowland that was later declared a no contest due to illegal substance use and it was not a given that the 24 year old could handle the challenge posed by career 160 pounder Duddy.
It didn't take long for the Mexican star to show that he indeed could successfully cope with Duddy's strength advantage by outboxing the New York based Irishman from the first round.
Duddy never stopped trying to bring the fight to his younger rival, pressing forward and trapping Chavez on the ropes, landing at times with hard shots but it just wasn't enough.
It just wasn't enough because Chavez had no difficulty whatsoever hitting Duddy with both hands, to the body, to the head, as the Irish hero could get out of the way.
In the later rounds, Chavez hit his adversary with everything in his arsenal but despite looking at times like Duddy might not make it the distance, he kept his feet and made it through the 12th frame.
Scores were logged as 120-108, 117-111 and 116-112, all for Chavez, who wins the WBC silver middleweight title and runs his record to 41-0-1-1NC (30).
Duddy sees a three bout win streak snapped, dropping to 29-2 (18).
On the undercard, ex-three weight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera, 66-7 (43), returned from over a year of inactivity to outpoint Brazilian banger Adailton De Jesus, 26-5 (21), 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92 at light welter.
Barrera intends to campaign at lightweight and hopes to be the first Mexican boxer to hold world titles in four different weight classes but at age 36 and a 21 year professional career, that aspiration could be very difficult to realize.