By Miguel Rivera
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is starting the toughest stage of his training for the upcoming fight against WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik, which takes place on June 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Chavez went into his tenth day of training at the Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, California, under the watchful eye of renowned trainer Freddie Roach. Chavez will begin sparring next week.
"Not only is the most important fight of my career but also of my life. I'm taking it very seriously. It's time to show what I can do in the ring, and thus fulfill the dream that I have of being a world champion like my dad," said Chavez Jr. "I am in the strong stage of my preparation. Right now I am working more with my fitness coach Alex Ariza. As my progress goes on, I'll be doing more work with Roach and I'll be ready for my fight against Sebastian."
Manny Pacquiao, training with Roach for the fight with Shane Mosley on May 7, has been giving Chavez Jr. some pointers.
"He's a nice person who is fully dedicated to the sport. I try to learn as much as possible from him. My training is carried out at one in the afternoon and Pacquiao starts at 2:30," Chavez said.