Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Defeats Sebastian Zbik

By Peter Owen Nelson

Photo By Ed MulhollandSaturday night at the Los Angeles Staples Center, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. became Mexico’s first middleweight champion, defeating Sebastian Zbik (30-1) for the WBC title in a majority decision (114-114, 115-113, and 116-112).

Neither man is overwhelmingly experienced. The biggest name on either’s resume is Chavez’s own, who largely has been criticized for making a career against stiffs off his father’s hard-fought legacy. Tonight, however, Chavez fought less like a man who inherited a name and more like one who wished to defend its honor.

Read the full story of Chavez’s win over Zbik on HBO.com.