With his victory, Jesus Chavez upped his record to 42-3 with 28
KO’s and became the new IBF Lightweight Champ. With the loss
Leavander Johnson falls to 34-5-2 with 26 KO’s and loses his
belt. At the present time all that rings hollow when you realize
that due to injuries suffered in this fight, Johnson fell into a
coma, had emergency surgery to relieve swelling on the brain,
and now lies in an induced coma. Everything else seems
meaningless at this point and the blank stare on Jesus Chavez
face in the post fight press conference was enough to let you
know that his thoughts were not on his victory, or what he might
do next, but instead his mind was what transpired in the ring
just hours earlier.
the second round on Chavez was landing power punches with
pinpoint accuracy and Johnson time and time gain was on the
wrong end of some very well placed right hands. Showing his
heart of a true Champion, Johnson weathered the blows and did
everything he could to retain his belt, but with each and every
round that passed, and with every punch that landed it was
evident that Chavez was on a mission that could not be stopped.
Over and over again Chavez would attack and all that Johnson
could do was put his back on the ropes and cover up and hope he
could land an effective counter now and then. This scenario
repeated itself more with every round with Chavez becoming more
and more confident as the end of the fight drew near. At the
bell ending round 10 Johnson looked at Chavez and smiled, not in
fun, but more in respect for his well displayed skills.
It took Chavez 38 seconds of the next round to complete his task
and become a two-time champion, and for that moment in time
Chavez was exuberant!
And then as fate would have it Johnson left the ring and began
to display all the symptoms of a fighter who suffered from a
subdural hematoma. Quickly the mood changed but fortunately for
Johnson the doctors acted just as quickly and he was whisked
away to the hospital for emergency surgery. Our thoughts and
prayers are with Leavander and his family.
Jesus Chavez is a true Champion and surely deserves to be
recognized as one of the top lightweight fighters in the World.
His performance Saturday night was awesome, the eventual outcome
is very hard for everyone to take and our thoughts and prayers
are with Jesus Chavez and his family as well.
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