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Chavez Sr. Admits His Sons Lacked The Discipline To Reach The Top

Hall of Famer and former multi-division world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, regarded by most as the greatest fighter to come out of Mexico, has for years heard criticism hurled in the direction of his sons, Omar and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 

Both of his sons have had moments of success, but there were far more moments of letdowns.

Chavez Jr. was by far the more successful of the two sons - by capturing the WBC middleweight title and also taking part in numerous bouts where he earned millions of dollars.

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Omar Chavez has never reached the heights of his older brother - with six defeats on his record, three of those losses in his last five fights to boxers who weren't world class contenders and he should have beaten them.

Chavez Jr. has four defeats on his record, but they all came at the hands of top level competition - like Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs, Sergio Martinez and Andrzej Fonfara.

His last bout, in December against Jacobs, left a bad taste in the mouths of many, after Chavez Jr. failed to make weight - a problem for him in the last few years - and he refused to continue fighting beyond the fifth round due to a nose injury. The local crowd in Arizona, mostly there to see Chavez Jr., went berserk and pelted the ring with various objects.

"It is very difficult [to hear these things about my sons], the truth is... for me it has been extremely complex and with social media now every critic has something to say to you," Chavez Sr. said.

"[My children] wanted this profession, I did not want it at first, I did not want them to be boxers because they had no need [to go in this direction] - but how are you going to deny a child that all of his life has seen his father boxing and wants to be the same as him.

"Logically there are comparisons [between the father and son] because they are never going to be equal.... children are sometimes better, sometimes they are not better. Unfortunately my children started out well [in the sport] but not with that discipline that it really takes to become someone big in boxing."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by aaronbnb on 03-04-2020

Junior had great talent. I remember when Nike endorsed him. He sold 475k PPV against Martinez. So long ago.

Comment by NachoMan on 03-04-2020

[QUOTE=The D3vil;20440724]I disagree. They've embarrassed him publicly for years. He told them to not go into this field of work and they disobeyed him and dishonored his name. He's got every right to call their spoiled asses out.[/QUOTE] Ok, but…

Comment by Phill lynott on 03-04-2020

At the start he was coming along well until that fatal bout. He took along time off if I remember right. I would imagine it takes something from you.

Comment by Willito on 03-04-2020

Julio you are the greater try to be champion again

Comment by Willito on 03-04-2020

Jr lisent to you father still you have chance to be on top have u father to be u trainer

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