Roach advising Chavez Jr to wait until Manfredo to fight in November
By Jason Kim: Trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t want his fighter WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (43-0-1, 30 KO’s) to take a September fight against the likes of Ronald Hearns and David Medina. Instead, Roach wants Chavez Jr to skip fighting in September and wait until his November 19th fight date against No.5 World Boxing Council ranked middleweight contender Peter Manfredo Jr (37-6, 20 KO’s) in a fight that’s scheduled to take place at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.
The reason Roach doesn’t want Chavez to fight in September is because it would leave Roach with only five days to train Chavez Jr for that fight because Roach will be too busy training his number #1 fighter Manny Pacquiao for his November fight against challenger Juan Manuel Marquez. Roach wants to be able to work full time with Chavez Jr to get him ready for his next bout, and he wouldn’t get that luxury if Chavez takes the September fight.
Chavez Jr is probably good enough to beat guys like Medina and Hearns training himself, but you really can’t be sure because Chavez Jr looks awful even when he’s being training full time by Roach. He might even be worse if he’s just tending his own garden in training camp.
The promoters/managers for Chavez Jr aren’t going to match him tough anytime soon. Manfredo may be ranked at number #5 by the WBC, he’s move of a bottom 20 guy than a true #5 ranked fighter. The WBC has really done Chavez Jr. a huge favor by ranking Manfredo so high. This gives Chavez Jr partial cover to take on a so-so contender without the real risk of getting beat before he’s put in with someone that can beat him. Chavez’s promoter Bob Arum wants to put him in with WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez next year. That would be a huge fight in Mexico. If that fight can’t be made, look for Arum to put Chavez Jr in with one of his stable fighters like Miguel Cotto. Chavez Jr will probably lose that fight but get a good payday.