After he dropped Freddy Roach from his training camp earlier this year, Junior was in need of a new man in his corner. And of all people for that job, he picked his father. Julio Cesar Chavez Senior. The man who he had just removed from his camp a few days earlier. Now the legend is back, training his son for the first time in his 49 professional fights. Some quotes from Chavez Jr and Chavez Sr on his decision:
"I had always asked my dad to be my corner, formally, but he couldn't for some time because he would get really desperate," Chavez Jr. said.
"I told him, 'If you want to help me, do it formally, because if not, sometimes it just confuses my trainer.' "
"I believe I can help much more than down [at ringside]," Chavez Sr. said of the official move into his son's corner. "He says I pressure [him] too much when I'm down there and he says he feels the pressure. He says it's better for him that I'm in his corner. That way I can contribute more with my experience."
"He has to think, because fights are won outside the ring, with training, discipline," Chavez Sr. said. "That's the advice I have always given him. Sometimes he's listened, sometimes not. That's why he lost against Martinez. He didn't train well, didn't do what he had to do. I'll give him my experience of all the years I was in boxing. I think I have the maturity, the knowledge to help a lot."
It's an interesting yet potentially smart decision from Chavez Jr as he looks to re-ignite his career. This time, he'll have his father in his corner. Who knows, maybe he'll actually get at least close to the shape Senior's in.