Julio César Chávez Jr. Stopped In Nine Rounds By Andrzej Fonfara

Published 04/19/2015, 1:15 PM EDT


Andrzej Fonfara destroyed Julio César Chavez Jr. for nine rounds in a light heavyweight bout tonight, putting a beating on the multi-title-winner so badly that Chávez quit from the corner before the tenth round.

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Chavez Jr had been out of action since March 2014 and looked out of sorts for long spells in his catchweight 172lb clash with the Pole, who ran out a convincing winner in Carson, California.

The Mexican had been a target for super-middleweight champion Carl Froch, who admitted he would love to end his career with a Las Vegas date against the former middleweight No 1, who lost his unbeaten record against Sergio Martinez in 2012.

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Offered an ecstatic Fonfara, who had his fair share of Polish fans at the venue: “I knew he was a tough fighter, quick and in good shape but when he hit me for the first time in the first round, I knew I was going to win this fight. He didn’t punch as hard as everybody said he did.

“I saw his punches easily coming in. I know I threw more punches. I was a little surprised that he did not come out for the (10th) but he was cut, had been getting beat up and had just got knocked down, so he knew what would happen if he came out.

“Chavez said before the fight that he didn’t think I could take his body punches. I think I took them pretty good and passed that test.

“I know there are things I can still work on in training to become a more complete boxer, but tonight was a dream come true. I want a rematch with (Light Heavyweight World Champion) Adonis Stevenson.”

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