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Written by Ian Wallwork

Nobody can argue that Julio César Chávez Jr hasn't had help with his boxing career. Born the son to one of the biggest Mexican boxers of all-time, Chávez has gone through his boxing life with an advantage most fighters would envy. First, he had his father there while he grew up up, at least when he wasn't making news with Salma Hayek. Having a living-legend of a boxer as your father has got to help your development somewhat. Even on a genetic level it is a lucky thing; Julio César Chávez Jr was born with the good stuff. 

He turned professional when he was seventeen years old after announcing to the world that he would follow in his father's footsteps. After beating Jonathan Hernandez in his professional debut, 'JC Jr' quickly started to appear on the fight cards of major pay per view events, courtesy of his dear old dad. This was a leg up no other boxer could get. It also implied he had a certain quality as a fighter that perhaps was not true. As a boxing fan, when you see someone fighting on television you automatically assume that they have worked to get there. The fact that they have been granted the chance to fight in front of millions of people implies that they have sweated, worked their way up the ranks and honed their boxing skills to a level where they deserve to be on the screen. With Chávez, this is not strictly true.

How Good is Julio César Chávez Jr ?
This is a question that we must split into two; How good a boxer is Chávez, and how good is he compared to his father? As to his boxing skills, he lets his record speak for itself. Chávez has won all but one of his forty-four fights, his only blip being a draw against Carlos Molina in 2005, a result that prompted a rematch two months later. As well as having a taste for winning he also likes to see his opponents down on the mat, winning thirty of his fights by knockout. Despite the impressive figures, look further into it and all is not as it seems. Of his forty-four fights half have been against fighters newer to the professional ranks than himself. Chávez's development has been careful and his record is padded.

Now onto a question that he must be sick of hearing; is Chávez as good as his father? The short but sweet answer is no. He is not approaching his father's skill-level yet and it would be a great accomplishment to get close to it. He is trying chase a legend here, one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time. If he doesn't match up, it is no big deal. He has already made a success of himself by winning the WBC Middleweight Title from Sebastian Zbik in June.

Chávez is only twenty-five years old and he is a world champion. That is good going by anybody's standards, although some would argue that the chances would not have come his way if it were not for the family name. Is he living up to his dad's legend yet? Well, by the time his father was his age, he had beaten fifty six fighters and had won both the WBC Super Featherweight and WBA World Lightweight titles. Wow. Holding just the WBC Middleweight belt is nothing to be ashamed of. 

Another man who struggled to live up to the family name

Julio César Chávez Jr vs Peter Manfredo Jr
Tonight Chávez will face another man with a boxing father, Peter Manfredo Jr. Manfredo's father was a professional boxer and world kick boxing champion, so the Italian-American was born with fighting blood. He has a decent record of thirty seven wins, six losses and once held the IBO Middleweight belt. He will be Chávez toughest challenge to date.

'The Pride of Providence' is fighting in a bout that could be his last. When asked about his plans after the fight, Manfredo Jr chose to focus on the negative. He told the media that if he loses to Chávez, he will never put on his gloves again:
"How many more shots am I going to get? Let’s be honest here. This is my best opportunity. This guy isn’t a great fighter. Come on. I think I’m better than he is. If I can’t beat him, then I’m going to retire."
He has hit on a theme boxing fans have discussed for a while now – is Chávez as good as the hype suggests? Tonight we will find that out sure. It will be an electric fight, with Manfredo Jr fighting to end his career in glory and Chávez struggling against a burdensome family name. Who do you think will come out on top?