By Ryan Burton
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has had trouble making weight in a number of his fights. While critics have said that Chavez lacks the discipline needed to make weight, the son of the legend said that he wasn't always motivated for many of the lesser opponents that he has faced in the past.
Chavez, the WBC's middleweight champion, went on to say that he has taken a different approach to his first title defense and that his weight troubles are a thing of the past.
"Training camp is going well. I have been training for 9 weeks," revealed Chavez.
"I feel ready and I am just waiting for fight night. I am doing things differently now. I am having a 12 week camp this time so I don't have problems making weight like I did for the Zbik fight," Chavez told Boxingscene.com.
Chavez went on to say that he is taking his November 19th opponent, Peter Manfredo Jr., very seriously. He knows that this may be Manfredo's last shot at a title and expects him to train accordingly.
"I am preparing for a tough fight. Manfredo Jr. is a very experienced fighter. It might be his last opportunity so I know he will be very motivated," said Chavez.
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