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Photo: Chavez Jr. After Sparring Hard at Top Rank Gym

By Chris Robinson

It looks like former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) will be finishing up his preparation for his forthcoming bout against Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s) out of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The news came courtesy of welterweight prospect Chase “Checkmate” Corbin shortly after he finished sparring six rounds with the Mexican star.

Corbin has been a fixture around the Las Vegas scene in recent years after relocating from Philadelphia in late 2009. Working under the guidance of trainer Jeff Mayweather, Corbin (8-0, 7 KO’s) is a lanky boxer-puncher who has been involved in some memorable gym battles at the Mayweather Boxing Club and other locales in the city.

However, when sparring with Chavez, Corbin admitted that the classic bout between his fellow Philadelphian Meldrick Taylor and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was in the back of his mind. In that match, Chavez rallied late to stop Taylor in the closing seconds of the twelfth and final round.

“Ah man, it was one of the best feelings in the world,” Corbin revealed. “Not because I was sparring him. I used to watch his Dad and I’m a big fan of the Meldrick Taylor fight. It was kind of like this Mexican-Philly thing for me. It was a good experience and I learned a lot from it.”

Corbin noted that Chavez will be finishing up his training camp in Las Vegas and he expects to be one of his chief sparring partners during that time.

Asked how the sparring experience went, Corbin revealed that it was the subtleties in Chavez’s technique more than his size that left an impression on him.

“He’s strong, real strong,” said Corbin. “Not because he’s a bigger fighter. I’ve sparred bigger dudes and he’s an excellent body puncher. He knows how to pace himself to go the amount of rounds and he’s got a lot of sneaky punches that he throws.”

Corbin pointed out that Chavez’s trainer Freddie Roach was nowhere to be found.

“A lot of Mexicans; that’s who was here,” joked Corbin. “Just a lot of Chavez’s team and family.”

Chavez vs. Vera takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28 in an HBO-televised clash from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JoeKidd on 09-01-2013

They were forced to release this pic after that Pillsbury doughboy thread!

Comment by Concord76 on 09-01-2013

Jr could be excellent if he took his career seriously instead of lounging around the pool and toking it up during training.

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 09-01-2013

Jr doesn't look too bad. He was looking like he was about 200 pounds a month ago.

Comment by BoxingKnowItAll on 09-01-2013

It's pretty amazing how fast he cuts weight but with the right supplements and diet this is possible. I guess this is why he doesn't care about blowing up in between fights.

Comment by solo20 on 08-31-2013

looks in better shape then befor

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