By Jhonny Gonzalez
Freddie Roach, the trainer of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., says the 24-year-old boxer will not be as good as his hall of fame father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. Roach is in Mexico training Chavez for Saturday fight against Billy Lyell. Chavez has a record of 41-0, 30KOs. Chavez Sr. finished his career with three division titles, a rep as the greatest boxer to come out of Mexico and end his career with a record of 107-6-2, 86KOs. Chavez went 89-0 before losing his first contest.
"He is not going to be like his dad. He will be a world champion, and that I have no doubt he will do. But whether he's going to win titles in three divisions like his dad, remains to be seen. We will work on that. I believe he has great potential to be great, but not like his father. There is only one Julio Cesar Chavez," Roach said to Jose Escalante.
Roach was once a pro boxer before he turned to training. He was once offered a fight against Chavez's father but the bout never happened. In that era, Roach saw Chavez Sr. as the best fighter around. He considers him one of the best of all-time in any era.
"One of the most memorable moments that I've had in my life was when I was offered the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez. For me, it was one of the most beautiful moments of my life as a fighter because you always want to fight the best, and Julio was at that time the best fighter pound for pound," said the Coach.