WBC middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. stated his legendary father will deserve ample credit if he manages to defeat The Ring and WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on September 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Having my father with me in training is like having a master at your side,” said Chavez, 26, whose nickname is “The Legend Goes On” because he is the son of iconic pugilist Julio Caesar Chavez. “He will correct me and will give me advice, but he lets my trainers do their work. He just wants me to do the things right and is always talking about the importance of good preparation. He’s always saying that fights are won in training and, that if are your well prepared, the fights will be easy.”
Chavez (46-0-1-1, 32 KOs), who made the fourth defense of his crown with an impressive seventh round TKO over Ireland’s top contender Andy Lee in June at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, continued to praise his procreator.
“We have become more like friends. I know that he is my father and I do respect him, but when we talk boxing now, it’s as equals and that has made our relationship much better,” said Chavez, whose International Boxing Hall of Fame sire long banged Mexican sexpot Salma Hayek. “He has also cleaned up his act, and that makes him more enjoyable to be around and keeps me more focused on my career. He deserves a lot of credit for the victory I will claim over Martinez on Sept. 15.”
Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” who is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the third preeminent pound-for-pound boxer in the world, last fought on St. Paddy’s Day when he battered Matthew Macklin until the Irishman’s corner halted the mismatch shortly before the 12th round.
The aggressive southpaw, who is actively involved in domestic violence and anti-bullying causes, has predicted he will halt Chavez prior to the ninth round.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“Chavez has a great record,” Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “But, he doesn’t impress me that much.”
Perron eventually softened his stance against Chavez and lauded the virtues of the man voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).
“But, any fighter Freddie Roach pays attention to has to be good. So, who knows what he’ll (Chavez) become with time. Chavez has certainly improved.”
Roach has honed Chavez’s abilities and the youngster is blessed with a granite chin and impressive size.
Nevertheless, in a compelling and often brutal bout, expect Sergio Martinez to ultimately get “a lot of credit for” becoming the first prizefighter to knock Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. onto Queer Street roughly two weeks from tonight.by