IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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If you can believe him, he is training harder than ever. He tells you that the goal is to make the judges superfluous, since he has less faith in their powers of perception than in his own ability to shape reality. And while it is obvious to him that he was deserving of the nod in his last fight, he relishes the opportunity to repeat his victory on Saturday night at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas.

Would you believe those words if they were about Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.? Or would you believe those words if they were about Bryan Vera? Both Chavez and Vera have expressed sentiments that fit that narrative, and both are looking for greater satisfaction than they reaped in their first fight, a ten-round dust-up last September. Chavez, 47-1-1 (32), was awarded the victory that night (a verdict less ridiculous than the scores that secured it); outrage ensued, and a rematch was negotiated.

Read Mulligan Stew: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera Preview on The Cruelest Sport.

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