By Rene Imanzor
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32KOs) says his famous father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., will no longer be present during training camp. Chavez suffering the first loss of his career on September 15th, dropping a twelve round unanimous decision to Sergio Martinez in Las Vegas.
Chavez says his training camp was a complete disaster, due to his father's constant interference - by demanding to have things done in a certain way.
"He [Chavez Sr.] was not with me for six or seven years of my career. I trained alone, he never helped me with my fights. [He spent his time] doing drugs and drinking all the time," Chavez Jr. said.
"I respect him a lot and paid attention [to what he told me in camp]. I had to [listen to] a lot of people.... Freddie Roach, [my father], but in the end I was the one who had to look good. Unfortunately that hurt me [listening to too many people in camp]. He can not be in the camps with me because he wants things done in the same manner as he did [when he was fighting], and each person is different."
Leading up to the fight, Chavez says there were personal issues that affected him and made him lose his focus. Following the loss, Chavez tested positive for marijuana. Now he must appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who are likely going to issue a suspension and a fine. According to Chavez, the marijuana was used for medical purposes, to help him deal with insomnia.
"I intend to tell the truth. [It was used] for something medical with no intention of hurting anyone. In fact, the trace [of marijuana in my test] was minimal," Chavez said.