Chavez, Jr Stops Manfredo, Jr
By Gabriel Montoya, MaxBoxing (Nov 20, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank)
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Photo: Chavez lands punch on Manfredo
"God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation."

John Calvin

It’s unfair to assume Peter Manfredo, Jr is a sinner. After all, no one can know his heart through an interview or fight. However, Saturday night at the Reliant Arena in Houston, TX, Manfredo committed a cardinal sin of boxing when facing a big name son of a legend live on HBO before a screaming crowd of preordained winner Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr faithful. When tagged with a good right hand that blew the retractable roof off the house, Manfredo, 37-7, 20 knockouts, stood on the ropes and let Chavez, Jr, 44-0-1, 31 knockouts,  unload his entire arsenal with referee Laurence Cole drooling to stop the fight standing right there. Most likely a compubox record for longest flurry by a man named after a great fighter named Chavez later and Cole stepped in at 1:52 of the fifth round for a TKO.

The action appeared to be in Chavez’s favor up to that point with the WBC middleweight titleholder circling and moving to his left, weighing a hefty 180 pounds on fight night. Manfredo, a solid boxer lacking the kind of power to give him a fair chance of getting respect for his bigger opponent, was game. He used his jab often early, landed a right hand here and there but it was the bigger Chavez who stayed in control even while eating leather in an action packed fourth round that seemed to favor Manfredo.

Chavez started early in that round, landing a hard right hand and rocking Manfredo to his heels. But Manfredo would come back in the middle of the round as Chavez, Jr rested and begin to land hard shots of his own on the inside. But there was a price to be paid as the bigger man, though seemingly out landed, got in the more substantial blows. Manfredo simply had to give up too much to get his work done. The saving grace was that at this fast pace, Chavez, Jr who has a reputation for not working quite as hard as he should in the gym, might tire.

Manfredo and the audience never got to see that question even addressed as he lapsed defensively in the fifth, ate a hard right hand and the flurry until the ref stops it scenario was on.

With the win, Chavez, Jr successfully defended his belt for the first time and will likely move on to a mandatory defense next time out in order to stave a fight with real middleweight champion and the man whose belt he wears, Sergio Martinez. When asked about a fight with Martinez or his Mexican rival, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Chavez , jr was emphatic that he would like to fight them but it is up to his promoter, Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

“I fear no one,” said Junior. I imagine he has even less fear of being matched tough anytime soon.

In losing, Manfredo now mulls retirement; A game fighter who also showed up looking to win but who came up short when he stepped up to elite competition.  

“I guess I am not an HBO fighter," Manfredo, Jr said afterwards of the quick stoppage that was reminiscent of his even quicker questionable stoppage loss on the ropes to Joe Calzaghe. 

Maybe not, Peter. But you gave it your all and you always showed up to fight. There is never shame in fighting or losing like that
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