Different Fight, Same Chavez Jr; Chavez Jr. Misses Weight


Different fight, same Chavez.

Julio Chavez Jr., the man with the same name as the best Mexican boxer ever, didn’t make weight for his bout today vs Marcos Reyes in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center.

Reyes was right on pace hitting the scale at 168.4.

Since Chavez missed weight, the sides cut a deal for an undisclosed payment to Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs), 27, of Mexico, and the scheduled 10-round bout will go on as planned as the main event of a Showtime-televised tripleheader.

Chavez Jr., had promised to get back into training camp with a new mind. That doesn’t appear to be the case.

Twice he has failed drug tests and been suspended. He was also arrested for a DUI a few weeks before a 2012 middleweight title defense, and severely missed weight — by 4½ pounds — for his first fight with Brian Vera in 2013.

Robert Garcia, his fourth head trainer in his past five fights, he had his last trainer for just one fight before he fired him after losing to Andrzej Fonfara. Chavez was behind on all score cards against Fonfara, and he decided to throw in the towel after the 9th fight. It was a bad fight for Chavez who seemed to keep his hands down despite taking hits to the head.

Chavez has been arrested for DUI’s and drugs, had a known drug problem, and even Freddie Roach left him back in 2012 because Roach said he didn’t even train for middleweight championship fight against Sergio Martinez.

Now we are heading into the danger zone for Chavez as he is aging, and living in the shadow of a great warrior. We only hope that he limits his career, and doesn’t take severe beatings in the future.

If all goes well, Chavez said he hopes to fight twice more before the end of the year. That would mean four fights in 2015 for Chavez, which he has not done since 2008, well before he won a middleweight title.

“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,” Chavez said.

Let us first see how he does in the ring in El Paso vs a good boxer in Reyes.