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Chavez Jr. Closing Workouts at 179, Confident of Beating Canelo

By Miguel Rivera

At first it took a lot of work, but little by little the results of his training with conditioning coach Memo Heredia, and technique with experienced Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristáin, have boosted the confidence of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

The former WBC middleweight champion is preparing for a grudge match with fellow Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, which takes place on May 6th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Chavez Jr. is training hard at the Otomí Ceremonial Center in Mexico, which is located 3,200 meters above sea level.

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The fight with Canelo takes place at a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds. Chavez Jr. last fought at 168-pounds, which is the super middleweight limit, last December in Mexico. Canelo fought at the junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds last September when he captured the WBO title from Liam Smith.

"People tell me that if I prepare well I will beat Canelo, and that gives me confidence because I will prepare well and then I will win," said Chavez Jr. to ESPN Deportes.

"I've always viewed this as a winnable fight, but today I view it as being even more winnable because I've put my body through hard work and it has responded well, in all aspects. I believe that when I punch I'm punching at my hardest ever and I'm improving my speed as well. I feel good, rejuvenated, it's been great to be here."

As for weight, Memo Heredia reported that Chavez Jr. is at about 182 pounds and when he finished his training for the day he reaches 179 pounds. Nacho Beristáin said that he will ask both Heredia and Julio to get the weight to 175 pounds in the next two weeks so the fighter can feel comfortable with it, and then having Julio drop another 10 pounds by the time of the official weigh-in will not be a problem.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 03-20-2017

[QUOTE=icha;17525014]I hope the same too, im positive that memo can get it done, he has been with chavez for months now...[/QUOTE] Yeah from the updates we've seen they say he's at 179 now and to me he already looks skinny…

Comment by icha on 03-20-2017

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;17525007]No I didn't but we are talking about another 4 lbs now, something he hasn't done in like 4 years. I hope for the sake of a good fight he can make it healthy but I can see him being…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 03-20-2017

[QUOTE=icha;17525001]He showed no signs of being drained, did you see the fight?? He actually looked good considering his previous fights...[/QUOTE] No I didn't but we are talking about another 4 lbs now, something he hasn't done in like 4 years.…

Comment by icha on 03-20-2017

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;17524978]Just fine may be stretching it, I can't wait to see how zombie like he is come weigh in day.[/QUOTE] He showed no signs of being drained, did you see the fight?? He actually looked good considering his previous fights...…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 03-20-2017

[QUOTE=icha;17512779]He made 168 just fine not long ago and went right back to camp with memo... memo knows his thing, he will be just fine...[/QUOTE] Just fine may be stretching it, I can't wait to see how zombie like he…

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