Hall of Fame trainer Roach says Chavez Jr had a good camp
By Jonny Stapleton
There have been rumours of weight problems and legal distractions, but Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach claims Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has had a ’good’ pre fight training camp.
Chavez Jr puts his WBC middleweight title on the line against Limerick southpaw Andy Lee in front of 50,000 fans in El paso Texas Saturday and questions are being asked about his preparations.
Once again it was said he struggled to make the 160lbs weight limit. Indeed respected strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza had to leave Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan mid camp to ensure the Mexican got on the weight.
The fighter, who also had issues with the law re a driving incident, looked drained at the press conference, but the greatest trainer on the claims he is in shape and ready to win.
The Wild Card boss didn’t work directly with the world champion throughout the build up as he was in the Philippines with his two star men, but claimed he monitored his charges training from a far.
“Julio has had a good camp,” Roach said. “I’ve monitored it and everyone has done a good job. Of course, we wanted to work on the southpaw style. He’s in great shape; just got a couple pounds to lose. As for as the southpaw, no problem. You can make it to your advantage if you move your feet right. He’s come a long way. I heard all the people tell me he was lazy, but he’s never said no to me. He has total dedication in the gym. Whatever I ask him to do, he does. He saw Pacquiao and said, ‘I want that.’ I told him, ‘I can give that to you.’
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