Julio Cesar Chavez Jr won't have father in training camp going forward

Jeff Bottari

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has made the decision to split professionally not just from Freddie Roach, but also his legendary father.

Saying that the dual relationship is just too difficult to keep going, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has effectively removed his father from his boxing team, meaning that the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez joins Freddie Roach as castaways from Junior's team.

Roach was under the impression that he'd be Chavez's trainer again, and told Fight Hub TV that Chavez agreed to return to the Wild Card, then just didn't show up. The lead trainer will now be Vladimir Baldenebro, while Alex Ariza will remain as strength and conditioning coach, for whatever Chavez makes that worth.

Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KO) lost his last fight to Sergio Martinez in September 2012, then failed a post-fight drug test, which was positive for marijuana. He was given a nine-month suspension by the Nevada commission, as well as a fine that was at first pretty outrageous, then later reduced. He's now set to take on Brian Vera on September 7 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, live on HBO.

That fight will take place at 168 pounds. Early reports had it at a 165-pound catchweight, but that was changed recently, not officially because Chavez looked very out of shape attending his brother Omar's fight recently, but the timing is suspect, anyway.

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