April 6, 2011, Los Angeles,Ca. --- (L-R) Unbeaten WBC Middleweight Champion Sebastian Zbik (R) of Germany and #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. , Culiacan, Mexico pose during a press conference Wednesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles for their upcoming WBC World Middleweight title fight. Zbik vs Chavez Jr. is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions and Universum Media Network and will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and be televised on HBO.
So, who do ya like? I like Chavez, no ifs, ands or buts. This one is a matchmaker's special, in that both these men are testaments to the skills and smarts of the matchmakers employed by the men who promote them. Zbik (30-0; age 29; from Germany) is nothing special: good enough boxer, moves OK, has the basics of defense down pat. He has neglible power in both hands as his 10 knockouts can attest. Chavez (42-0 with 30 KOs; age 25; from Mexico) does everything just a hair better, and his hands are a bit more leaded. I see Junior taking the UD, because the Top Rank matchmakers haven't signed off on this fight because they are dummies, or are feeling iffy about Junior's prospects. There is a big one out there for Junior, a big blowoff bout, (how bout Chavez Jr. vs Pacquiao?) and this ain't it.
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