MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach hopes Mexican prodigy Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will soon fix his relationship with his father, legendary Mexican fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
The two Mexicans’ relationships soured after Chavez Jr. sustained his first career loss, a unanimous decision defeat to Argentina’s Sergio Martinez.
Soon after, it was reported that Chavez Jr. had kicked his father out of camp, claiming that the elder boxer had never been of much help throughout his boxing career.
In a Boxing Scene interview, Roach expressed his hopes that father and son will be able to mend their relationship.
“I thought his father was always trying to help,” he said. “I find that comment a little strange. I like Chavez Sr., he’s a very nice guy and he loves his son and he’s trying to help him.”
“It’s just a father-son thing, it’s hard to deal with. The dad gets mad at the kid, the kid won’t talk to him for a couple months,” Roach added.
“Those things happen, but hopefully they’ll clear it all up because family’s family.”
Roach said he has not yet spoken to Chavez Jr. following his loss to Martinez, which occurred last September 15.
Chavez Jr. tested positive for marijuana after the fight and was given an indefinite suspension by the World Boxing Council.