Arum: Chavez Needs Real Trainer, Game Plan in Future

by David P. Greisman

Though Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fought much better for his second bout with Bryan Vera than he did for the first, there are still significant changes that need to be made in his training camp, according to promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, who passed along criticism he said came from Chavez’s father, the Hall of Fame fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

“I think that he certainly improved on his image from what he did last time, and he certainly was in shape,” Arum told reporters in the Alamodome in San Antonio after Chavez beat Vera by unanimous decision this past Saturday. “But as his father told me, unless he gets a real trainer and goes in with a game plan and has somebody experienced in his corner, we’re all fooling ourselves. And that’s not me saying it. That’s somebody who really knows boxing better than me.

“There was obviously no game plan” for the Vera rematch, Arum said. “In others words, it was freewheeling, which for the fans is very, very entertaining, but as a strategy for an A-class fighter, sort of stupid.”

Chavez Jr. used to work with Freddie Roach, but began to work with Vladimir Baldenebro prior to Chavez-Vera 1.

Chavez admitted to ballooning up to as high as 205 pounds prior to that bout, and he came in at 172 pounds on fight night, much higher than the weight limit that had been initially agreed upon and was subsequently renegotiated multiple times.

Chavez has said he’s now maturing, particularly after the birth of his daughter.

“I think it’s for real,” Arum said. “But as his father said, unless like every world-class fighter he gets himself a full-time, astute trainer and comes in with a game plan, he ultimately is just fooling himself. That’s not me saying that, even though I agree with it. It’s the father.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GOD-FR33 on 03-03-2014

[B][FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="Blue"]I won't give names but I do agree with Chavez Sr. and Arum here. The kid has all of the physical abilities to be a world champion, and for the first time in his career, he appears to be…

Comment by Hougigo on 03-03-2014

[QUOTE=shinygloves;14287934]I've always said Wolfe would be perfect for him. At this point the "building" of his career is over and it would be dangerous to go in against a world class fighter trying something new. He needs toughness and determination…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 03-03-2014

I say Nacho is the man for the job! Garcia has too many fighters. If not Nacho, then maybe Bradley's trainer. Anyway, Nacho would be my first choice.

Comment by Tobi.G on 03-03-2014

I would like to see Chavez jr. vs. Abraham next. Chavez Jr. has no chance against GGG but a fight against Abraham would be 50:50 and im sure it would be a good fight.

Comment by Sancho Puncho on 03-03-2014

Jr. needs a help of a psychologist. His aggressive-passive mental set is the major source of his problems in training and in life. The kid has obvious talent, but his weak mental side is ruining his potential.

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