Chavez Jr. Discusses Critics, Building His Own Legacy

WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32KOs) is counting down the days until his anticpated defense against Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28KOs), which takes place on September 15th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

In his latest fight blog, Chavez discusses the critics who often blasted the fighter - claiming that he used his father's fame name to rise in the ranks.

For quite some time, you took criticism for supposedly building your success on your father’s name. Have recent fights, including the knockout of Andy Lee, proved that you deserve to be taken as seriously as any fighter? Do you feel any urge to beat Sergio Martinez to quiet your remaining critics?

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. - I will always be criticized for being perceived as riding my father's coattails and I have learned to live with it.  I am proud of my father's accomplishments.  Not only is he a Hall of Fame member but he is also universally acknowledged as the best fighter to ever come out of México -- a country that has produced an incredible amount of world champions.  I am proud to be his son and I am proud to have his name.

Like my father I want to be the best but I want to write my own story. I don’t want to be known only as the son of Julio César Chávez, I want to be is the next Julio César Chávez.  I want to honor my father by continuing the family championship lineage and enhancing the legacy he originally endowed.

Because I started my boxing career so late and without the benefit of an amateur career I have had to work harder and face intense media scrutiny.  But that's OK, it has helped to make me the fighter I have become.  I will let my record speak for itself on whether I should be taken seriously or not.  In the past two years I have knocked out Andy Lee and Peter Manfredo and won decisions over Marco Antonio Rubio, Sebastian Zbik and John Duddy.

On September 15, my victory over Sergio Martínez will give me my own level of recognition.   Whether that finally satisfies my critics remains to be seen but I know it will be an exciting chapter, with many more to come, in the story of Julio César Chávez Jr.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Brainsucker on 09-08-2012


Comment by Brainsucker on 09-08-2012

IFS...ANDS..OR BUTS..always the same with you guys...all you hafta do is WATCH Martinez and the way he fights BIGGER guys....such has been his past fights Pavlik got bloodied....Williams got KTFO in 2...Sergio likes to fight bigger guys which makes his…

Comment by fantasy5021 on 09-06-2012

I see chavez boxing in this fight like he did vs manfredo. jab jab straight counter. bob and weave. He couldnt do that vs a bigger guy in lee so he took it to him on the inside. Marintez is…

Comment by fantasy5021 on 09-06-2012

I think JCC will win by KO or by just out working martinez. Call Me CRAZY! but no way in hell chavez goes down. only way he gets stopped is if the ref stops it. Anyway, what wuld people say…

Comment by turnedup on 09-06-2012

The only way Chavez stands a chance is to come in at his walk around weight on fight night and end the fight within 5 rounds..second halves of fights have always belonged to Sergio..and while i've never been a big…

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