Former WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., tasted defeat for the first time when he faced Sergio Martinez on Sept. 15, losing to the Argentine via unanimous decision.
It was a rather peculiar performance by Chavez Jr., who refused to engage until the final rounds of the title fight.
Jr. blames his poor performance on his father’s interference during preparations for Martinez, and Sr. won’t be welcome at future training camps.
“He was not with me for six or seven years of my career,” Chavez Jr. explained, per Boxingscene.com. “I trained alone. He never helped me with my fights. [He spent his time] doing drugs and drinking all the time. … I respect him a lot and paid attention [to what he told me in camp]. I had to [listen to] a lot of people…. Freddie Roach, [my father], but in the end I was the one who had to look good. Unfortunately that hurt me [listening to too many people in camp]. He cannot be in the camps with me because he wants things done in the same manner as he did [when he was fighting], and each person is different.”
Reflecting back to the Martinez-Chavez Jr. 24/7 episodes, it’s easy to see where Junior is coming from. Chavez Sr. did seem overly eager to give his son pointers for his fight against Martinez, even though it was clear Junior wasn’t interested.
Still, Sr. was simply doing what many fathers would do in his position, and it wouldn’t be fair to blame him for Junior’s lackluster showing.
Chavez Jr. has no one but himself to blame for his poor performance against Martinez. His training habits were uninspiring, standing up his trainer, Freddie Roach, days before the biggest fight of his career.
Motivation was Chavez Jr.’s problem leading up to and during his fight against Martinez, and he’ll have a hard time getting back on track if he continues to deny that fact.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.