By Peter Owen Nelson
Saturday 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.