Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas & Mack Center. The son of legendary Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez, 26-years-old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 46(32 KO)-0-1 and 1 nc, will defend his WBC middleweight belt against today's division's Nr. 1, 37-years-old Sergio Martinez of Argentina, 49(28 KO)-2(1 KO)-2. Despite of 11 years age diference in the favor of Chavez and the fact that Martinez doesn't have any belts right now, it is hard to see how Julio Cesar Jr. could beat him. Remembering all the fights Chavez had so long, looks like young Mexican inherited of his great father only dad's high ambitions, but the seasoned Argentinian showed himself as a real warrior for so many times. Anyway, for Chavez Jr. it going to be a veeery good pay-day!
For the vacant WBO super-feather belt will fight former the very same belt's holder, with 2 defences of it, 29-years-old Puerto Rican, Roman Martinez, 25(16 KO)-1-1, against 23-years-old Miguel Beltran of Mexico, 27(17 KO)-1(1 KO). Martinez lost his belt to Scotish-man Ricky Burns on points, in 2010. Beltran also had 1 title shot before, on last year's December he fought his compatriot Juan Carlos Salgado, but the fight was stopped and called "no contest", due to Salgado's cut in round 2.
Also, in Vegas MGM Grand, Mexican goldenboy Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, 22, 40(29 KO)-0-1, will defend his WBC light-middleweight belt against Mexican-born American, Josesito Lopez, 30, 30(18 KO)-4. For Alvarez its going to be his 5-th defence, last time he stepped on the ring to beat on points the big star Sugar Shane Mosley, in the last May. For Lopez it is first world title shot, in his last fight he broke the jaw to former world title chalenger Victor Ortiz in 9-th.
Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez, 30, 52(45 KO)-7(3 KO), will defend his WBC featherweight title for 5-th time. His opponent will be 2000 Sydney Olympian and former 7-time WBO super-bantam champion, compatriot Daniel Ponce de Leon, 32, 43(35 KO)-4(1 KO). Both punchers are very experienced, Gonzalez had before WBO bantamweight title, which he has defended two times, before lost it to Philipino Gerry Penalosa in 2007, by TKO in 7-th. Also, he had two unsuccesful WBC super-bantamweight shots; in 2006 by TKO in 10-th he lost to Puerto Rican Israel Vasquez, but in 2009 by TKO in 9-th to Toshiaki Nishiaka of Japan. The current belt Jhonny won in 2011 by TKO in 4-th stopping another Japanese, Hozumi Hasagewa. Ponce de Leon for the first time won the title in 2005, beating by points Sod Kokietgym of Thailand. He lost his belt to Jose Manuel Lopez, by KO in the 1. round in 2008.
Another Mexican, Leo Santa Cruz, 24, 20(11 KO)-0-1, will defend his IBF bantamweight title against Puerto Rican-born veteran, Eric Morel, 37, 46(23 KO)-3. For Santa Cruz it is going to be the first defence of his belt. He won it the last June as vacant, beating by points Vusi Malinga from South Africa. Morel is 1996 Atlanta Olympian for USA and former 6-time WBA flyweight champion. His first title Eric got in 2000, beating by points Sornpichai Kratingdenggym of Thailand. His last fight was on this year's April, when he lost by decision to Mexican Abner Mares, for the vacant WBC super-bantamweight title.
In Bamberg, Germany, IBF cruiserweight champion, Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez, 27, 26(13 KO)-1(1 KO), will defend his title against Guyanian-born Canadian, Troy Ross, 37. Hernandez is 2004 Athens Olympian, his belt he won in October, 2011, beating by technical decision in 6-th, American Steve Cunningham. Last February Yoan beats Cunningham again in their rematch, this time by decision. Troy Ross has represented Canada on two Olympics- Atlanta'96 and Sydney'2000. As a pro, Ross had one title shot for the very same belt, when in 2010 he lost by TKO (because of very bad cut above the eye) to Cunningham, too. His record is 25(16 KO)-2(1 KO).