MANILA, Philippines – Legendary Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. said his son, Julio Jr., has his full support as the young boxer is enduring a challenging period in his career.
Julio Jr. recently experienced his first professional loss, a unanimous decision setback to Argentina’s Sergio Martinez. It was a fight that saw the Mexican outclassed for 11 rounds before he nearly knocked out Martinez in the 12th.
But Julio Jr. tested positive for marijuana after the bout, leading him to be fined and indefinitely suspended by the World Boxing Council. He was also instructed to enter a rehabilitation center.
“We have spoken and we’re fine,” Chavez Sr. said, as quoted by Boxing Scene. “Thankfully, there is not a single problem.”
“He has all of my love, my support... I will defend my son tooth and nail against those who are always trying (to attack him)... I will defend my son against any aggression, against any misunderstanding,” he added.
Chavez Sr. admitted that “there are things that as a parent, I did not like.”
But he added that his son is “not a little boy.” “He is grown and wants to forge his own path. I am here to help him, not to bother him,” Chavez Sr. said.
He is also convinced that his son is capable of knocking out Martinez should they fight again.
“You know that if Julio did things the right way, Martinez would not win. I feel if Julio is well-prepared and focused, then he has enough to knock Martinez out, and he will do it much quicker than they expect,” he said.