Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (51-4-1) insists that he is now a dedicated fighter. After missing weight on multiple occasions and even changing weight limits during his fight weeks throughout his career, the former middleweight champion said that he is now much more disciplined.
Chavez appeared last week on the WBC University Facebook stream and spoke about what he is doing during President Trump's stay at home recommendation that will extend through the end of April due to the covid-19 pandemic.
"I am using the lockdown to stay focused and stay in shape. I have a room in my house that I converted for my training," Chavez said from his Los Angeles home.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman asked Chavez about his training and his life in general as most of the United States is leaving their homes only on a very limited basis.
"What I am doing is I am dedicating 5 hours a day to my boxing training. I have more time to spend with my daughters and the rest of the time I am doing my training. I am taking advantage of the lockdown to lose weight and to stay closer to the weight I need to be at so that when this crisis is over - even though we don't know when that is - I will be ready to fight. That is my goal," Chavez explained.
Chavez fought twice last year after having not fought since 2017 when he lost to Canelo Alvarez. In August he demolished Evert Bravo in his native Mexico in a tune up bout. Then in December he retired on his stool after 5 rounds against Danny Jacobs. Chavez started out boxing well before suffering a broken nose which made it difficult for him to breathe.
Even though he has lost 2 out of his last 2 fights, the 34-year-old believes that he will be better than ever once he is able to resume his career.
"Like you said this has really benefited me. I have had time to rest. I am coming off of the fight in Mexico and then in Phoenix and now I have rested and have that time to spend with my family. This has helped me stabilize myself and strengthen my relationship with my wife and daughters. This has helped me a lot and now I am just focused on boxing. Obviously I am cognizant and worried about what is happening in the world with things that are out of my control but hopefully everyday it will get better," said Chavez.
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