Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returned to the ring with a victory in his 61st fight, with a deep desire to resume his professional career. However, he did not convince his fans.
Chavez (53-6-1-1NC, 34 KO's) prevailed by unanimous decision, although the cards were not released at the Palenque of the Livestock Fair in Culiacán, against Peruvian opponent David Zegarra (34-7, 21 KO's) in a 10-round light heavyweight fight.
The 35-year-old fighter made it clear that he is far from the level that led him to win the World Boxing Council title, by dragging his feet in certain rounds against Zegarra, who added his fourth consecutive defeat. Zegarra, 37, was moving up in weight and suffered knockout losses in his last three fights.
Chavez Jr. was embarrassed by his last performance in June, which saw him lose an eight round split decision to former UFC champion Anderson Silva, who was 46 years old and entering the ring with a two-fight record of 1-1. Chavez was not in top shape for the fight and weighed in nearly 10-pounds above the light heavyweight limit.
At this stage of his career, in which he assured he is more focused, Chavez hopes to return to his best possible level to dispute a fight for a world title.
He's gone 3-3 in his last six performances since 2019.
He was stopped by Daniel Jacobs in five rounds in December 2019. A comeback fight against Mario Cazares ended in disaster in September 2020, when he lost a six round technical decision. Cazares was knocked out in one round in his very next fight, against rising star David Morrell. After the loss to Cazares, Chavez would then pick up a TKO win before losing the contest with Silva.