Being the son of the Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. has thrust Chavez Jr. into the limelight since the start of his pro career. The former Middleweight World Champion fights boxing’s potentially biggest PPV star post-Mayweather, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on May 6th in an all-Mexican battle and one he is relishing.
Speaking to the international media about the fight and his career during a conference call Chavez was aware about the monumental bout in front of him: “It’s a very important fight for both fighters, the fact it’s two Mexicans, it’s one of the most important fights in the history of Mexico - I feel it’s my last opportunity, and I’m going to take advantage of it.”
Chavez Jr. has often struggled with discipline and training, he argues this time it’s different. Anyone who has seen his training during camp would be hard pressed to disagree. “I’ve been listening to [trainer] Nacho Beristain…the difference is that before I was younger, less experienced, and over the years, I’ve learned from those kind of mistakes and the inexperience.”
For a 26-year-old, Canelo’s career has been quite spectacular. However Jr casts doubts on his rival, stating: “He fought lots of fighters, but not in their prime.”
The size advantage is one that Chavez believes leads him to succeed and perhaps by knockout in the biggest fight of his career, “I’m close to the weight already. Yes, I feel I can [knock Canelo out]. I’m the bigger guy. I fought at Light-Heavyweight. He’s never faced a fighter this size.
“I don’t plan on losing. It’s not something I’m thinking about. Boxing isn’t about luck. It’s about working hard, and what you have in your heart.”
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