Rubio has to overcome Chavez Jrís huge weight advantage to beat him this Saturday
By Michael Collins: It isnít Marco Antonio Rubioís lack of height that may hurt him this Saturday night in challenging WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOís) for the title on HBO at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Itís the weight advantage that Chavez Jr. will almost surely have going for him that will cause Rubio major headaches in this fight.
Rubio, 5í10Ē, isnít that much shorter than the 6í0Ē Chavez Jr. but where the difference is for this is the weight. Chavez Jr. is a fighter that can take off incredible amounts of water weight before fights to get down to 160 and then he bloats up to as high as 185 to face guys that are just a little 160.
If you know anything about boxing then youíll know that having a weight advantage of 20 to 25 pounds is a major plus. Itís unheard of in the lighter weights. You usually donít see that kind of thing unless youíre looking at the heavyweight division with all the different sized heavyweights the division. Chavez Jr. is someone can take off a massive amount of water weight and then put it back on after he makes the 160 pound limit for his fights.
Coming in at anything over 180lbs is going to make it really tough for Rubio because he doesnít have the frame to be taking hits from someone that much heavier than him. Itís not just one blow that will do him in here. Itís having a guy 20+ heavier pounding on you all night long like Chavez Jr. will be doing that will give Rubio problems. Heís also going to have to deal with Chavezís much longer arms.
It seems painfully obvious that if Rubio is going to win heís going to have to try and force a stoppage by putting the heat on Chavez Jr. immediately and look to take him out. I donít even think Rubio can get Chavez Jr. to the later rounds because he probably last that long with the heavier Chavez Jr. pounding on him all night.