Roach: Chavez Jr. is a waste of talent
By Allan Fox: Trainer Freddie Roach thinks former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) is a huge waste of talent for his lack of dedication for the sport. Roach was especially peeved recently about Chavez Jr’s method of going about getting ready for his big fight with Sergio Martinez last September.
Roach said Chavez Jr. only trained with him a grand total of 5 times during the entire training camp. It’s hard to understand what Chavez Jr. was doing during the remainder of the camp other than training at home.
Roach states that Chavez Jr. suddenly changed their working relationship after five successful fights together. Roach says that Chavez Jr. decided he wanted to be the boss for the training for the Martinez fight and that made things difficult.
Roach told fighthubtv.com “He [Chavez Jr] actually trained five days with me for that fight [Sergio Martinez]…He’s a waste of talent. I just don’t know what got into his head. We had a formula for success and he wanted to change the formula; he paid for it.”
Chavez Jr. is reportedly looking for a new trainer and there’s been talk of him possibly ending up with Nacho Beristain, the trainer that Juan Manuel Marquez has spent his career with. Roach doesn’t have any hard feelings about things and he wishes Chavez Jr. luck with the remainder of his career.
Chavez Jr. is expected to be back in the ring in April or May after his suspension is complete. Chavez Jr. still hasn’t met with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to find out what suspension and fine, if any, he’ll be receiving for testing positive for marijuana for his last fight against Martinez.
Matthew Macklin is a possible opponent for Chavez Jr’s next fight, although there are a number of other fighters that could get the fight as well. Chavez Jr. wants to fight Martinez in a rematch next September.
Martinez dominated Chavez Jr. in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision. Chavez Jr. did knock Martinez down in the 12th and looked to have him close to being stopped, but Martinez was able to get back up and fight well enough to where he was the one controlling the action as the fight ended. Chavez Jr. looed gassed out.