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Julio Chavez Jr. wants credibility in this sport 

By Igor Frank
Being a son of a legendary Mexican fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez, Junior has a very tough act to follow. He might never move out of the shadows of the iconic fame of his father, but he is making his own imprint on the sport of boxing. Against his father’s advice, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is facing a big, strong and rugged opponent, Andrzej Fonfara who is very capable of scoring an upset and derailing Junior’s dreams. 

Fonfara (26-3,15KO’S) and Chavez Jr (48-1-1,32KO’S) are scheduled to face off in the squared circle on April 15th, 2015 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California. Showtime will televise twelve round contest live. The contracted weight for the fight is 172 pounds and Fonfara is the biggest guy Julio has ever faced, just three pounds below light heavyweight limit. 

“I am fighting [Andrzej] Fonfara now because I like big opponents,” said Chavez Jr during media work out in Van Nuys, California last Friday:”I like the challenge of fighting good, hungry fighters. Just because Fonfara doesn’t have the name recognition of other fighters, it doesn’t make him an easy fighter. He’s tough.” Some pundits believe Fonfara might just be too tough, too big and too strong for Junior who has yet to fight at this weight. 

“I feel comfortable at light heavyweight,” said Chavez, 29:” Any time that you can add a couple pounds, you feel better. Although I will be fighting at 175, I feel most comfortable at 168 as a boxer. Since I have had one year off, it was a better choice to fight at this weight so that I could see how my body feels. “ 

Chavez Jr. has been out of the ring since March 1st, 2014 when he defeated Brian Vera by unanimous decision. Later that year Julio was close to signing to fight smiling face assassin from Kazakhstan, Gennady Golovkin, but mouth watering showdown never came to fruition. Chavez couldn’t come to terms with his former promoter, Top Rank. 

Bring in New Year; Julio is now working with boxing’s most powerful figure of today, AL Haymon and has a new trainer. “Joe [Goossen] is a great trainer,” Chavez said:”He is a great motivator to his fighters and makes them better. I have worked very hard with him for the 35 days we spent together in Lake Tahoe. We have made a connection together.” 

The feeling is mutual. Veteran trainer Joe Goosen said:” I’ve been asked over the years that the one fighter was that I would like to work and my answer was always Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. I’ve always really admired his style. I had known him as a kid, his father is a legend. It had always seemed like a dream job for me, and out of nowhere I got it.” 
 Julio seemed to be in a great shape and focused on a task at hand He did a light workout for the media on Friday afternoon, but his punches did not seem light when he worked the mitts with trainer Joe Goossen. The famed, inherited left hook made a thudding sound that reverberated throughout the walls of Ten Goose boxing gym. 

Despite their disagreements Chavez Sr. was on hand at the gym. “I am here to support and be with my son,” said Chavez Sr.:” I try to give him good advice. Julio [Chavez Jr.] wants credibility in this sport and that’s why he made the decision to take this fight, even though it’s a dangerous decision. He must be very prepared for this fight.” 
Junior appeared ready for the task at hand. He concluded. He concluded: “I promise a great fight, this is a very exciting fight. Fonfara isn’t an easy opponent, but he has never seen an opponent like me.” 
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