Advertisement
Advertisement

Photo: Chavez Jr. After Sparring Hard at Top Rank Gym

By Chris Robinson

It looks like former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) will be finishing up his preparation for his forthcoming bout against Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s) out of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The news came courtesy of welterweight prospect Chase “Checkmate” Corbin shortly after he finished sparring six rounds with the Mexican star.

Corbin has been a fixture around the Las Vegas scene in recent years after relocating from Philadelphia in late 2009. Working under the guidance of trainer Jeff Mayweather, Corbin (8-0, 7 KO’s) is a lanky boxer-puncher who has been involved in some memorable gym battles at the Mayweather Boxing Club and other locales in the city.

However, when sparring with Chavez, Corbin admitted that the classic bout between his fellow Philadelphian Meldrick Taylor and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was in the back of his mind. In that match, Chavez rallied late to stop Taylor in the closing seconds of the twelfth and final round.

“Ah man, it was one of the best feelings in the world,” Corbin revealed. “Not because I was sparring him. I used to watch his Dad and I’m a big fan of the Meldrick Taylor fight. It was kind of like this Mexican-Philly thing for me. It was a good experience and I learned a lot from it.”

Corbin noted that Chavez will be finishing up his training camp in Las Vegas and he expects to be one of his chief sparring partners during that time.

Asked how the sparring experience went, Corbin revealed that it was the subtleties in Chavez’s technique more than his size that left an impression on him.

“He’s strong, real strong,” said Corbin. “Not because he’s a bigger fighter. I’ve sparred bigger dudes and he’s an excellent body puncher. He knows how to pace himself to go the amount of rounds and he’s got a lot of sneaky punches that he throws.”

Corbin pointed out that Chavez’s trainer Freddie Roach was nowhere to be found.

“A lot of Mexicans; that’s who was here,” joked Corbin. “Just a lot of Chavez’s team and family.”

Chavez vs. Vera takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28 in an HBO-televised clash from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JoeKidd on 09-01-2013

They were forced to release this pic after that Pillsbury doughboy thread!

Comment by Concord76 on 09-01-2013

Jr could be excellent if he took his career seriously instead of lounging around the pool and toking it up during training.

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 09-01-2013

Jr doesn't look too bad. He was looking like he was about 200 pounds a month ago.

Comment by BoxingKnowItAll on 09-01-2013

It's pretty amazing how fast he cuts weight but with the right supplements and diet this is possible. I guess this is why he doesn't care about blowing up in between fights.

Comment by solo20 on 08-31-2013

looks in better shape then befor

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Lee Selby Will Have a Ringside Eye on Santa Cruz vs. Frampton Pacquiao Says Comeback is NOT About Money, But Passion Khan on Canelo: He Weighed 187 With Me - Fight Golovkin! Marlon Tapales To Receive Hero's Welcome For Title Win Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton: Ring the Damn Bell Amir Khan Aims For Danny Garcia Mandatory Shot in January Miguel Cotto Officially Passes on Marquez Over Weight Dispute Mikey Garcia: You're Going To See a Better Version of Me! Joseph Diaz: Liam Smith is a Very Tough Fight For Canelo Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Thomas Williams Size Up at Presser Carl Frampton: Everyone Expects Me To Lose, I'll Get The Upset! Dorticos To Shumenov: You Paper Champ, Stop Running Chicken Photos: Margarito, Alvarez Go Face To Face at Presser Video: Leo Santa Cruz Ready For War With Carl Frampton Amir Khan: Arum is Bitter, He's Scared To Do The Pacquiao Fight! Photos: Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Malignaggi, Garcia Workouts Photo: Kell Brook Embraces VADA Testing For Golovkin Shot Amnat Ruenroeng Vows To Get Olympic Gold For His Family Photos: Andre Ward Cheers on Kevin Durant, Team USA Czar Glazkov Still Recovering, Return is Possible in November Video: Golovkin's Coach on Terence Crawford, Kell Brook, More Leo Santa Cruz: If Dad Didn't Get Better, I May Have Pulled Out Lucas Browne Enters WBC's VADA Drug Testing Program Frankie Gavin vs. Sam Eggington Looms For October Clash Luke Campbell Focused, Aims To Do a Job on Argenis Mendez Otto Wallin Faces Osborne Machimana on September 10th Liam Walsh to meet Andrey Klimov in IBF final eliminator Leo Santa Cruz Fearful Frampton Won’t Come To Fight Saturday Loeffler on GGG-Brook: The Best at 147 Facing The Best at 160 Bradley Warns: Crawford Can Win, But Pacquiao is NO Postol HBO Sports Head: We Want To Match The Best Fights Possible Olympic Boxers, Now Without Headgear, Worry About Cuts Dimitrenko Confident of Beating Parker, Derailing Joshua Fight Marlon Tapales Shocks Pungluang Sor Singyu, Wins WBO Belt Paul Smith Set For September Return, Won't Be on Liverpool Bill Abel Sanchez: Manny Pacquiao Should Fight Keith Thurman Photos: Robert Guerrero, Alfredo Angulo, Gausha Presser Paulie Malignaggi’s Master Plan: This is Just Step One Loeffler: Golovkin Will Have 3 Fights Prior To Canelo Fight Alfredo Angulo Eyes Gold: I Want a World Title Shot in 2017!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement