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Freddie Roach expects Julio Cesar Chavez Jr to hire Robert Garcia

Freddie Roach doesn't seem as though he expects to work with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr when the Mexican star returns to the ring, saying that he thinks Chavez Jr will go with Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Freddie Roach recently told Fight Hub TV that he'd love to work with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr again if the Mexican fighter would dedicate himself to training, unlike their last camp together, but now it appears as though Roach expects Chavez Jr to align himself with reigning Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, whenever he does return to the ring.


"I heard they were trying to hire Nacho (Beristain). I said Nacho wouldn't put up with his bullshit. I honestly think that he'll end up in Oxnard, because Alex Ariza was up there kissing ass. Alex was down there with him, and (manager) Billy Keane. They are trying to get someone to train him, but they've had no luck so far. I would love to train him if he comes to the gym every day, but if it's going to be like last time - don't bother me."

Chavez is still facing a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing his post-fight drug test in September after his loss to Sergio Martinez, and it's been rumored that he'll be hit with a nine month suspension when he has his hearing later this month.

The move to leave Roach likely wouldn't surprise anyone, as there was a lot of trouble in their camp last time out, and Chavez's poor performance was blamed on an exceptionally lousy training period. Garcia is currently the hottest trainer in boxing, and moving into that camp would seem sort of natural. It's a splashy sort of move, and there would be plenty of, "Oh, this time he's got it together," sort of talk to hype a comeback and a likely rematch with Martinez.

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