With every passing fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. carries an unenviable burden of proof every time he steps between the ropes: Can he live up to the legend whose name he carries?
So far he's passed virtually every test -- a six-round draw to Carlos Molina in December 2006 is his only blemish -- but many believe mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio presents a new level of danger. The oddsmaker don’t think so, as they made Chavez nearly a 4-1 favorite. Rubio carries a formidable 53-5 (46 KO) record, the experience of a 12-year veteran and plenty of give-and-take battles against well-regarded names.
Will the "Son of the Legend" clear this vital hurdle or will Rubio prove to be his stumbling block? Their CompuBox histories offer these clues: