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Chavez vs Reyes: Quotes and photos from media workout

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is hoping to get his career back on track this Saturday night against Marcos Reyes.


"I am trying to get back to the level I once was at. I spent a lot of time out of the ring with non-boxing issues, but now I feel fully focused in the ring.

"I feel more comfortable in the ring and I feel like I have the right tools to win this fight on Saturday.

"Each fight you must prove something, you need to win and put on a good show. I think the fans will see a great fight on Saturday between two Mexican fighters. When I fight I try to do my best in the ring.

"I think 168 is a good weight class for me. Going into my last fight I had an extended period of time off and I didn't know how my body would respond.

"I will have two more fights this year, but I can't look past this Saturday. I respect my opponent, because all my opponents are looking to beat me.

"Training with Robert Garcia has been great. I have a great connection with him because he knows how fighters are feeling in the ring.

"I am working more on my jab, I have changed a little bit of my style under Robert Garcia."


"Training camp has been the best it has ever been and I am in great shape to win this fight.

"I am so excited for this opportunity to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. I have been counting down the days.

"I am not sure how it will end, but I know that I want the knockout. But, I have the preparation for 10 rounds so I just know I am going to win.

"I have the best trainer in my corner [Nacho Beristain]. He's trained the best for many years. This is no mistake that we are training together and there is no room for mistakes on Saturday.

"He's a great fighter. He doesn't need to imitate Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., but he's always trying to do it. He has skills, but as a boxer he keeps making the same mistakes imitating his dad. And that's why he hasn't done what he's capable of in boxing.

"I don't know what's going to happen Saturday. They only thing I can tell you is that I'm ready to win and I will win on Saturday."

ROBERT GARCIA, Chavez Jr.'s trainer

"I can't say I have noticed anything different because I haven't been in his previous camps. All I can say is that he has showed me something that I didn't expect.

"All I heard from the fans and the media was the way he conducted his training camps, but I was surprised. I got nothing but good results. He showed up to the gym every day and did everything he was supposed to do.

"He has sparred just around 100 rounds, that's more than he has done in any other training camp. The training camp was much easier than I expected.

"I'm training Julio not just to beat Marcos Reyes, but I'm training Julio to get him better for three or four fights from now to look at something real big.

"This is the biggest opportunity in Reyes' career, so we must be ready for him. He also has a great trainer in Nacho Beristain, who may be the best trainer ever, so we must be ready for that too.

"Right after Julio's loss to [Andrzej] Fonfara, he got right back in the gym to prepare for this fight. He wants to fight on Saturday and then have two more fights before the end of the year. I think this is exactly what Julio needs, to stay active. The fighters that fight just once or twice a year lose their rhythm."


"Julio Jr. is in very good shape. He's had a very good training camp with Robert Garcia and I'm very happy with him as a trainer.

"This fight is a must-win fight for my son. He cannot lose. It will hurt his career very much to lose again."

NACHO BERISTAIN, Reyes' trainer

"This will be my third fight training Marcos Reyes. The other two times I trained him, Marcos won by knockout.
"Although he performed well in those two fights, I can see a big difference in Marcos. He is entirely focused on boxing and is much more mature. His mind is completely on his opponent and that's what will make the difference on Saturday.

"Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is trying very hard to become just like his father and gain the same amount of fame that his father received. The only thing I can tell you is that Julio Cesar Chavez is the greatest fighter in Mexican history; he is phenomenal and made his name working very hard."

AMIR IMAM, faces Fernando Angulo on Showtime undercard

"Boxing forces you to be strong. It takes a lot to get in that ring.

"This fight is dedicated to Jake LaMotta. It is his birthday and a lot of people would get belts and not take them seriously, but he held belts with pride. I never met him, but I'm dedicating this fight to him.

"The goal is to fight for and win a world title.

"I'm a boxer-puncher. Every fight you learn something.

"[Fernando] Angulo is a veteran. He's a good fighter. He's been in title fights and fought some names. I'm prepared for a great fight."

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