By Rick Reeno
Trainer Robert Garcia advised BoxingScene.com that there is no truth to the rumors that he will be training former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. On Tuesday, trainer Freddie Roach told BoxingScene that he believes Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32KOs) will retain the services of Garcia, who trains a solid stable of fighters in Oxnard, California.
Chavez hired Roach a few years ago, and their training camps have been chaotic at times. The last camp, which directly contributed to Chavez's twelve round decision loss to Sergio Martinez in September, was one of the worst training experiences in Roach's career. Chavez skipped numerous training sessions and often ignored Roach's advice. Chavez has now been hunting for a new coach.
"I havent heard from anyone. I heard they were trying to hire Nacho [Beristain]. I said Nacho wouldn't put up with his bullsh*t. I honestly think that he'll end up in Oxnard, because Alex Ariza was up there kissing ass. Alex was down there with him, and Billy Keane. They are trying to get someone to train him, but they've had no luck so far. I would love to train him if he comes to the gym every day, but if it's going to be like last time - don't bother me," Roach told BoxingScene.com.
Garcia would love to train Chavez, but denies that any agreement was ever reached.
"I would love to train Chavez. Nobody has said anything to me. Alex Ariza has never even been in my gym and I don't even know Billy Keane. A lot of people keep asking me about it and I would love to train him, but nobody has said anything to me," Garcia told BoxingScene.com.
Garcia did confirm that he recently started working with middleweight contender Marco Antonio "Veneno" Rubio (56-6-1, 49KOs), who is currently training in Oxnard for his next fight on March 23rd against Derrick "Superman" Findley (20-8, 13KOs) for the WBC's International title. Ironically it was Chavez Jr. who handed Rubio his last defeat, in early 2012 by decision.