Expert Sports Picks: In a highly anticipated rematch from 2013, popular super-middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will square off against Bryan Vera, March 1st on HBO Boxing San Antonio,Texas. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Bryan Vera II Odds have Chavez, 47-1, 32 KO’s, as a heavy 5 to 1 favorite over the slugger Vera, 23-7, 14 KO’s. When these hard punchers scraped 5 months ago in California, many observers felt that the huge underdog Vera got the best of Top Rank promotions bread winner in a decision loss. Our ESPN2 News Expert Fight Picks experts broke down the combatants.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Bryan Vera II Odds have Vera as a +400 underdog (Wager $1000 to win $4000) at BOVADA SPORTSBOOK
Expert Fight Picks Analysis: Chavez Jr. may have taken the granite-jawed Vera lightly the first time around but he was out-hustled fairly easily. It is possible that Chavez Jr.’s lack of urgency in-between the ropes could be related to his affliction with the peace pipe outside the squared circle (Marijuana suspension following Sergio Martinez fight). The 27-year old Mexican superstar has plenty of tools (power, bodypunching, size, good chin) but simply does not let his hands go. Julio Jr. can prey on weaker “boxer types” but the sturdy banger Vera will again win this fight with his desire and volume of punches. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Bryan Vera II Odds Total is at 11.5 Rounds with the Over at -150.
Vera does not do anything particularly eye-catching but Chavez Jr. will fight the exact type of fight that Vera is built for in the trenches. Vera can dish it out on the inside and despite Chavez Jr. penchant for winning toe-to-toe exchanges, he will get outworked by the busier man. Chavez Jr.’s inability to use his height to his advantage will be his downfall, losing this fight via unanimous decision that will put his career at the crossroads. Bet the tough junkyard tough Texan, Bryan Vera fighting in front of his home state.
Expert Fight Picks Play: Bryan Vera +400 Moneyline (Wager $1000 to win $4000)