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Chavez Jr’s father Julio Sr. won’t be in his camp for the Vera fight

By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) has decided not to have his father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. in his camp while getting ready for his September 7th fight against Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s) at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Chavez Jr. said to El Universal as quoted by The Record – “My father will no longer by in my corner. We’ve agreed to see each other only once a week…therefore, he will no longer by in the camps with me…this is something we will progress my career.”

That’s too bad because Chavez Sr. seemed to be the guy giving the best advice to Chavez Jr. The problem I saw in Chavez Jr’s last fight against Sergio Martinez is that he didn’t have the skills to follow his father’s instructions. When Chavez Sr. told his son to fight on the move against Sergio Martinez, it was impossible for him to do that, because he’s more of a plodder and he needs to set his feet when he throws his shots. He couldn’t follow Chavez Sr’s instructions even if he wanted to. Chavez Jr’s too big to move and throw because he’s weighing in the 180s to 190s for his fights at middleweight. You can’t move well when you’re that heavy fighting at middleweight.

It’s got to be difficult being the son of a legend like Chavez Sr. because he was so much better than his son is now when he was 27. It’s like night and day. It’s not that Chavez Jr. isn’t a good fighter, but he’s way more limited than his father, and you can make a strong argument that Chavez Jr. wouldn’t be nearly as effective if he fought in the weight class that his body is rehydrating up to, cruiserweight or light heavyweight.

Chavez Jr’s effective against middleweights, but that’s after he rehydrates up to the 180s and 190s. If he fought at cruiserweight, the weight advantage for Chavez Jr. would go away and he’d have to beat them on skills rather than size. I’m not sure he could do that.

There are some people who are wondering whether Chavez Jr. will be able to make the 168 lb. limit for his September 7th fight. He’s less than 2 months away and recent video of him last Friday working out showed a fighter that looked to be still over 200. He looked huge.

I know Chavez Jr. is capable of losing 20 pounds in water weight through dehydrating to make weight, but he’s going to have to lose a lot more weight to get to the point where he can make weight by dropping 20 pounds of water the week of the fight.


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