By Miguel Rivera
Hall of Famer trainer Ignacio "Nacho Beristain" has confirmed that he reached an agreement to trainer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for his upcoming assignment against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez - which is scheduled to take place on May 6th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Chavez Jr. made the announcement, and Beristain confirmed the agreement.
"It's not easy, it's a challenge, we have to work intensely with him because now he's in the best mood to train," said Nacho to ESPN Deportes. "I asked him to put all the meat on the grill, the intention is to make him realize that he has to win, that if there are no oversights and he prepares well - he can win, it's going to be a great fight."
It wasn't that long ago that Nacho broke down this fight and picked Canelo as the clear favorite to win. And while he maintains his position on the fight, he expects things to change by taking change of the corner.
The fight takes place at a catch-weight of 164.5 - a weight where Chavez has not been around since September 2012, when he made 160-pounds. Since then Chavez has fought between 167.5 and 172.
"Canelo is still the favorite, but I've always felt the betting odds don't matter... it's what you work for, it's the effort you make when you think about winning. I think we're going to work hard for this fight," Nacho said. "(I asked him for discipline) of course, and that's what I'm most interested from him, to see if it is true (with his inner change to succeed)."
Chavez Jr. will also work with strength and conditioning coach Angel "Memo" Heredia. Nacho and Memo are very familiar with each other, as they worked side by side in several training camps while preparing former four division champion Juan Manuel Marquez.