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Arum: Chavez Jr. needs to change his training regimen

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Sergio Martinez Bob Arum Chavez Jr-Martinez Chavez Jr. vs. MartinezBy Dan Ambrose: Promoter Bob Arum wasn’t pleased to see his money fighter former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) looking so lost and clueless in getting beaten by WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) last Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Instead of seeing it as a physical problem with Chavez Jr’., Arum feels that Chavez Jr’s training regimen isn’t right and that he needs to change that as soon as possible for him to be successful against the likes of Martinez.

Speaking with writer Chris Robinson at Aim said “He [Chavez Jr.] wast just befuddled for most of the fight…A lot of it is the way he trains. You can’t do that. His father will tell you that. He’s got to train like a regular fighter.”

This is true. Training at home with someone holding the mitts for you is hardly the way to train for a fighter like Martinez. I was really surprised that Chavez Jr. decided to take that training approach for a fight as important as the Martinez fight. I can understand that approach if Chavez Jr. were fighting one of the scrubs that he built his impressive record on but not against Martinez. Chavez Jr. needed work – a lot of work – on learning how to cut off the ring on Martinez.

Chavez Jr’s trainer Freddie Roach has already said that Chavez Jr. would have been so much better had he been in the gym to work more with his sparring partners on how to pressure and cut off the ring. That’s the part the part that was missing from his game last Saturday against Martinez.

Arum is going to have to persuade Chavez Jr. the importance of training in the gym like other fighters do if he wants to get him to improve. I don’t know that Roach can do it himself, because Chavez Jr. seems to be the one in front of his training methods, not Roach.

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