There has been a lot of speculation, including from the trainer himself, that Freddie Roach may have been a part of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr's past. But Chavez says that he's going to stick with Roach when he returns to the ring after his suspension in Nevada ends in June.
"No, I will not change coaches. I will continue with Freddie Roach. I will train the last few months with him, because I will be heading to Otomni to be with my coach Vladimir Valdenegro, who always helps me prepare," Chavez told reporters during a training session.
Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KO) is coming off of the first loss of his career to Sergio Martinez, which came last September. It was a fight Chavez lost badly, not counting the 12th and final round when he had Martinez in major trouble and nearly scored a shocking comeback win.
But for the first 11 rounds, a reportedly awful training camp seemed to catch up with Chavez, who couldn't do much at all with Sergio. Despite a massive overall size advantage, Chavez had little success for the vast majority of the fight, lumbering and failing to find Sergio.
Roach has said many times now that if he trains Chavez again, he'll walk out on the fighter if Chavez shows anything less than total dedication to the training. While it's nice to imagine a world where Junior suddenly changes his stripes, it's unlikely to be a long-term thing. He's notoriously lazy and a bit of a spoiled fighter. That could change, and it may well be the case for the June fight, but he's going to have to live that reputation down the rest of his career, or at least for a few more years.
Chavez's potential opponents for June include Brian Vera, Matthew Macklin, and Darren Barker.