Chavez Jr: I'll Probably Hire Roach For My Next Fight

By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, in Carson, Calif., former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was given a tougher-than-expected fight from gritty challenger Brian Vera inside of the StubHub Center.

Chavez vs. Vera was an entertaining affair that saw Vera outhustle Chavez in several rounds while Julio appeared to land the more telling and powerful blows throughout the contest.

After ten rounds of action, scorecards reading 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 were all in Chavez’s favor despite several ringside observers seeing the fight for Vera.

Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Chavez’s co-promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions revealed that his fighter had suffered an injury to his right hand in the fourth round.

During his time on the dais, Chavez went into detail on how the injury affected his effort.

“Of course what happened is I threw less punches than I was used to throwing,” Chavez said, addressing the media. “And when I hurt him with the left hook [in the tenth round], I couldn’t finish him because I couldn’t throw my right hand.

“I was always in control of the fight,” said Chavez. “I really believe I didn’t knock him out because I hurt my hand in the fourth round.”

There was serious confusion during the days leading up to the fight, as Chavez declared this past Tuesday that he wouldn’t be able to make the contracted catch weight limit of 168 pounds that he and Vera agreed upon.

The following day it was revealed that the weight limit for the fight had been changed to 173 pounds.

Chavez would end up weighing 172.4 pounds at the weigh-in, over 14 pounds more than he did this past Sept. ahead of his match with Sergio Martinez.

This camp for Chavez was drastically different, as he came into training well overweight and saw the Vera match postponed on multiple occasions.

Absent from Chavez’s team this time around were his former trainer Freddie Roach as well as strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Asked if he felt it was difficult not having them with him this time around, Chavez denied such assumptions but did note that he very well may be reaching out to Roach for his next fight.

“I don’t think so, you know? I think Freddie Roach is a great trainer. Probably for my next fight I’m going to hire him, to train with him. Of course he’s a great trainer,” said Chavez.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Warrios on 09-29-2013

chavez jr is self motivated, it really doesn't matter who trains him. How many other guys can train themselves to beat a guy like Brian Vera after a year long layoff? He doesn't need Roach. Garcia could take him to…

Comment by AnimalisticMeth on 09-29-2013

He said that he didnt train with Roach because Roach was going to be busy with Cotto and Pacquiao and that wont change next year.

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 09-29-2013

maybe chavez should just train harder, regardless of who his trainer is.... if im roach,,, im bending chavez over and taking a bunch of cash if im dealing with chavez jr

Comment by SweetScience on 09-29-2013

Should hire Robert Garcia Garcia gets unlimited texts and free night/weekends calls

Comment by Ringlife on 09-29-2013

I hope Roach tells Chavez Jr to kick rocks....

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