MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach believes former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will end up working with Oxnard-based trainer Robert Garcia, who is the coach of champions Nonito Donaire and Brandon Rios.
Roach and Chavez parted ways after the Mexican prodigy lost for the first time in his career to Argentina’s Sergio Martinez last September. The loss came after a difficult training camp wherein Chavez repeatedly missed training sessions.
Roach told Boxing Scene that he knew Chavez wanted to work with legendary Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain.
“I heard they were trying to hire Nacho. I said Nacho wouldn’t put up with his bullsh*t,” said the five-time Trainer of the Year.
He said he expects Chavez to “end up in Oxnard” with Garcia, partly because the boxer’s strength and conditioning trainer, Alex Ariza, has reportedly been working with the Garcia camp.
“Alex was down there with him and (Chavez’s manager) Billy Keane,” Roach said. “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,” he added.
But while Garcia said he “would love to train Chavez,” he denies that he has reached a deal with the Mexican fighter.
“Nobody has said anything to me. Alex Ariza has never even been in my gym, and I don’t even know Billy Keane,” he said in a separate Boxing Scene report.
“A lot of people keep asking me about it, and I would love to train him, but nobody has said anything to me,” Garcia said.