Last week, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (51-4-1) appeared in a streaming session on the WBC University's Facebook page.
The former middleweight champion, who currently is in lockdown with his family in Los Angeles during the coronavirus epidemic, touched on a variety of topics that included his battles with substance abuse and how he was overcame his problems.
Chavez, now 34-years-old, has had several issues in his career over the year. Issues that involve failed drug tests, skipped drug tests, and failing to make weight on multiple occasions. He insists that is all behind now that he has a clear mind and has cleaned up his life.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman asked Chavez if he was embarrassed to talk about his problems with addiction and received this candid response:
"No it doesn't embarrass me at all. It is something that now I understand better. I have studied the program and I have learned that it is part of life. There are many problems and I have read what they say about being obsessive and negative thoughts, feeling insecure but I have learned to stop and think through it and take my time and not make a rash decision feeling pressured. If you would have set up this interview 2 years ago, I probably wouldn't have even woke up for it. I would have been tired because I would have probably been up all night. I lost a lot of things over the years because of that and the rehabilitation I have done has helped me a lot with that," Chavez stated.
Chavez was last in action in December when he was stopped by Danny Jacobs in Arizona. He started off boxing well in the fight before suffering a broken nose and retired on his stool after the 5th round.
In August of last year he broke a 27 month layoff with a first round stoppage victory over Evert Bravo in Mexico.
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