Cesar Chavez Jr. retains middleweight title, calls out Canelo Alvarez
Coverage courtesy: The Overtime Page
HOUSTON – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defeated Peter Manfredo on the 5th round of his fight and successfully retained his crown on the first defense of his Middleweight title.
Chavez dominated the fight on four of the five rounds showing a different style from his previous fights. Chavez Jr. used his jab during all the rounds to keep away Manfredo while also pounding him with the right. “Julio has learned from Freddie Roach. Before he used to receive a lot of punches, and being so tall for his weight class he has to box, he has to use his jab and right hand and he did it tonight” said his father, the former lightweight champion of the world Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
“There has been too many critics to my career. They say I’m not a good fighter, that I’m overrated; but I think based on my sacrifice I’ve earned being where I am” said Chavez Jr. on the press conference after the fight. “I know I’m the son of a great champion, but I have showed that I’m a good fighter, that I have my own qualities and that I can make my own legacy.”
Freddie Roach joined the end of Chavez’ training camp in Houston, and “Junior” also thanked him and his conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, for taking him to the next level. “I want to thank, Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza because without them I couldn’t have made it this far. We’ve worked very hard as a team, I have worked very hard in my camp and you can see the results on the ring” Said Chavez. “They transformed me from being a spoiled kid to a real fighter.”
Chavez wants to fight Canelo
When asked if now was the time for a fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, JC said: “We’ll do it if he’s not afraid”.