An eventful night of boxing from Guadalajara, Mexico to say the least.
Anderson Silva sure looked comfortable in a boxing ring. A little too comfortable, to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s dismay.
The MMA legend dictated the pace and managed space with ring generalship in delivering a split decision victory Saturday night. Two of the three judges at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico had it 77-75 for the former UFC champion.
The only surprising part of Silva's win was that it wasn't ruled a unanimous decision. That's how much he took it to Chavez, landing the cleaner shots, while gaining some style points as he did for years in the Octagon.
Silva, 46, was so comfortable that he invited Chavez, 35, to unleash shots on him in the corner during the third round. Chavez obliged, but Silva was unfazed. There were also several sequences that Silva tapped his ankle before launching a punch.
How much Chavez being overweight affected him is unclear, but he certainly didn't throw or land enough shots to have a shot to win. The judge that ruled it 77-75 in his favor was inexplicable, as Silva showed impressive footwork and body movement in asserting the jab and stifled Chavez throughout.
Not bad for Silva, who was only fighting in just his third boxing match to Chavez's 60th. Not to mention the fact that Chavez is a former world champion.
After Silva's win, the night shifted to the main event, where boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez and Hector Camacho Jr. fought an entertaining four-round special exhibition bout, which had its fair share of fireworks.
After Chavez connected with a shot after the second-round bell, it was clear that this exhibition was getting heated. Well, that intensity boiled over when Chavez and Camacho Jr. exchanged punches after the third-round bell, prompting Chavez to yank off his headgear and demand that Camacho Jr. do the same.
Prompting from Chavez's family made the boxing legend put the headgear back on and Canelo Alvarez jokingly peeled off his jacket in the crowd and made his way into the ring, where he'd serve in the corner for the final round of Chavez's legendary, iconic career.
At 58-years-old to Camacho Jr.'s 42, Chavez ripped the body as ferocious as he did when he was the king of the sweet science.
It was a legendary career that Chavez (107-6-2 with 86 KOs) made sure to stamp Saturday night before passing the torch to Canelo, as the Mexican legends embraced.
Chavez is unloading a barrage of body shots. Camacho Jr. comes back with a shot of his own, but Chavez charges forward. They're trading shots in wild exchanges, which once again continue after the bell. Chavez embraces Canelo and they take a photo together. Canelo gives up the utmost respect to the legend. (10-9 Chavez, 40-36 Chavez)
Both fighters working the body. Chavez working the body with Camacho Jr. pinned against the ropes. This is a slow-moving, but interesting exhibition. Chavez working the body and blasting Camacho Jr. upstairs as well for good measure. Both Chavez and Camacho Jr. connect on shots after the bell and Chavez is livid! He rips off the headgear and Camacho Jr. does the same. Chavez's family is warning him to put back on the headgear and the legend obliges. Now, Camacho Jr. dons the headgear once again. Cameras pan to Canelo, who rips off his jacket and enters the ring! He now joins Chavez's corner. (10-9 Chavez, 30-27 Chavez)
Hook off the jab by Chavez. Camacho Jr. with a quick flurry, inviting Chavez to bring it on. Chavez with a left hook to the body. Camacho Jr. returns fire. Chavez working his angles, ripping the body some more. Chavez looks to have some thud with his left hook even at this age. The crowd urges Chavez on. He hits Camacho Jr. after the bell, but taps gloves with his opponent to let him know it wasn't intentional. (10-9 Chavez, 20-18 Chavez)
Chavez comes right out with a left hook across the ring. A staggering 58-years-old with this kind of light bounce in his step is something. Straight left lands for Camacho. Chavez with a right hook. Solid exchange to end the round, with Chavez punctuating the frame with a right hook to the head. (10-9 Chavez)
Hector Camacho Jr. making his way into the ring. He'll try to avenge his late dad's September 1992 unanimous decision loss to Julio Cesar Chavez. For the legend Chavez, it's the 58-year-old's final stand in the ring.
Silva's win is really incredible, considering he entered this fight with just two pro boxing matches under his belt. Meanwhile, this marked Chavez's 60th pro boxing fight. Then, you factor in that Chavez is a former world champion and is 35-years-old to Silva's 46 and this is a sizeable win. Canelo got up on the ring apron and congratulated Silva.
After eight rounds, judges score it 77-75 for Chavez, 77-75 for Silva and 77-75 for Silva. The MMA legend successfully dictated the pace and landed the cleaner shots. The only controversy should be why this wasn't a unanimous decision nod for Silva. It should have been.
Eighth and final round. Silva is still moving well, dancing around Chavez. As long as he doesn't get caught with something big, he should win this fight on the judges' scorecards. Under two minutes and Silva continues to float, pumping that jab and staying within range to keep landing the punch. Chavez unloads a quick barrage with a minute left, with most of the work coming up empty. Less than a minute left. Chavez trying to sit on his body punches. (10-9 Silva, 77-75 Silva)
Silva cranking up a few uppercuts halfway through this round. Silva continuing to show ring generalship. Quite the feat, considering the Octagon has been his domain for years. (10-9 Silva, 67-66 Silva)
At 46, Silva is moving better and is the aggressor as well. Silva digging in with uppercuts. He has had Chavez pinned on the ropes over several sequences in this fight. Chavez is seemingly comfortable on the ropes, before Silva lures him back to the center of the ring. Chavez is breathing heavy. Silva presses forward and lands a left to the body. He hunts for a right hand, which lands. (10-9 Silva, 57-57)
Silva mixing it up by going upstairs with the jab and then hitting the body. Silva also showing good footwork. Chavez has got to stop complaining to the ref. It has been several times now that he has looked over to the ref. Chavez deposits a right hand to Silva's body, but it's Silva's round. (10-9 Silva, 48-47 Chavez)
Right uppercut lands for Silva and he's moving in and burying a lunging left to the body now for good measure as well. Chavez, for whatever reason, doesn't look comfortable this round. Silva peppering Chavez with a jab and mixing it in on the inside as well. Chavez goes to the liver with a hook, but Silva takes the shot and dishes right back with the jab. Silva catches Chavez with a stinging left to end the round as well. (10-9 Silva, 39-37 Chavez)
Silva continuing to move well, but Chavez catches him and swarms briefly with a flurry of punches. Silva with a left jab, but then mixes in an elbow. Yeah, that has to be muscle memory from his years of MMA. Chavez unleashing hooks to the body to which Silva is begging him for more, inviting more punishment in the corner. Silva comes out the corner, but goes back in the same spot, begging Chavez to hit him some more. (10-9 Chavez, 30-27 Chavez)
Silva is moving well on his feet and laterally with his body movement. But you can see Chavez loading up and waiting to unleash. Silva moving forward with a flurry, but Chavez defends without sustaining any damage. Chavez splits Silva's guard with a right jab. Overhand right lands for Chavez at the end of the round. I'd still give the round to Chavez, though. (10-9 Chavez, 20-18 Chavez)
Silva looking pretty comfortable in trying to establish that four-inch reach advantage with his jab. Lunging left hook from Chavez grazes Silva, who will need to avoid shots like that to win. (10-9 Chavez)
The co-feature pits 35-year-old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against 46-year-old MMA legend Anderson Silva. Chavez Sr. reportedly gave his son and Silva his blessing to take the main event spot, but Silva said there's no way he'd take the closer over Chavez in the boxing legend's final fight. Chavez Jr. tipped the scale 2.4 pounds overweight during Friday's weigh-in. Let's see if that factors in with tonight's fight at all and how much his head is in the game.
Ramon Alvarez skates to unanimous decision over Omar Chavez
Judges didn't have a hard task there. Alvarez dominated the trilogy, leaving Chavez's face a bloody mess — something out of a horror movie. Although it's important to point out that instant replay proved that the gruesome cut was opened up with a headbutt — and NOT a left hook — Alvarez was all over Chavez and was definitely the clear winner. Canelo embraced his brother and yelled his approval afterward.