Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Decisions Billy Lyell
Middleweight (160 pounds) contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., the 24-year-old son of the former world champion by the same name, came through with a 10-round, unanimous decision over world title contender, Billy Lyell, of Ohio on Saturday night at Estadio Banorte in Chavez Jr.'s home town of Culiacan, Mex.
Chavez won by scores of 98-92, 99-92, and, 96-94, respectively, to improve his mark to 42-0-1, with 30 knockouts.
In victory, Chavez remained on target to face German middleweight (160 pounds) Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) perhaps in May for the WBC title, which recently became vacant when southpaw former titlist, Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs), was declared the WBC's Emeritus Champion.
Named the FanHouse Fighter of the Year for 2010, Martinez's status was changed for commencing with an HBO televised, March 12 bout opposite Ukranian-born southpaw WBO junior middleweight king Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Germany -- that will take place at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. -- instead of facing Zbik.
Chavez Jr. was is coming off of June's unanimous decision victory on a Top Rank Promotions card over Ireland-born John Duddy (29-2, 18 KOs) of New York, who also has suffered a loss to the 26-year-old Lyell (22-9, four KOs) by 10-round, split-decision in April of 2009.
Lyell was coming off of May's eight-round unanimous decision over Martinus Gray, which helped him to rebound from the fifth knockout loss of his career -- January's 10th-round stoppage at the hands of IBF middleweight king Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) of Germany.