Saturday night saw a blood pounding fight between the two power-houses, resulting in a controversial decision that led to Bryan Vera losing the match, even though he threw twice as many punches as his opponent.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. barely inched out Vera on scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94, a unanimous decision by both judges which drew much criticism from fans and media alike.
"The outrage about this scoring atrocity from the fans and media has helped Bryan to be in the position to get a rematch with Chavez," Artie Pelullo, who promotes Vera said. "You saw that media poll after the fight. Even the Mexican reporters had it for Vera. Chavez's own fans [at the StubHub Center] were booing the decision. What the judges did to Vera was atrocious. Hopefully, Chavez will do the right thing and give the kid the rematch. He knows he didn't win the fight."
Artie Pullo, who represents Banner Promotions, met with Chavez promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank on Tuesday to further discuss a potential rematch between the two athletes before the year is out.
"I have to meet with Chavez [on Wednesday] but I have started discussions with Artie," Arum said. "It would be in Texas. It remains to be seen which town in Texas will get it, but we'll do an enormous [crowd] no matter where we do it there."
The second meeting between Chavez and Vera would take place at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds. This was also the signed weight for last week’s fight, but Chavez, unable to make weight, led the limit to be raised to 173 pounds, effectively giving him an advantage over the smaller Vera.
"We know he won. The world knows he won. We know that he can't win unless he knocks Chavez out because of the unfair judging," David Watson, Vera's manager, said. "He carried and controlled the fight, and the only people who thought Chavez won were the three judges. Ever since we walked out of the ring, people have not been happy about this, and I know the public wants to see a rematch."
An external boxing statistics platform, CompuBox, favoured Vera with the win. It calculated that Vera landed 734 punches, more than double of Chavez, who landed 328 blows.
"I would love for the fans who watched the first fight to have the opportunity to watch the second one as part of the cost of their subscription," Arum said, adding that if HBO could not accommodate the bout because of its budget that he would put it on pay-per-view."