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Can Chavez Jr. reestablish himself?

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

A Showtime Championship fight card will take place April 18 featuring the return of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. taking on Andzrej Fonfara.

The bout will be the biggest fight card of 2015 for Showtime, only weeks prior to their co-promotion of the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao match on May 2.

Chavez Jr. spoke on his year long layoff and the weight conditions of the April fight from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

“I feel good. I know it’s difficult when you’re off. It’s difficult to regain your timing. But I’ve been training, working at my skills.  And I think, you know, I’m very confident because I have spent all my life in boxing. I’m in the 13th year of my professional career. So I don’t think this is a problem because this fight is at 172 pounds. I don’t need to have a problem with weight.  And at 172, I feel good in sparring.  I feel good in training.  And I think I’m ready for this fight and ready to win another world title.”

Chavez Sr., one of the greatest Mexican boxers in the sports history, remarked that he did not want this particular fight for his son.

“I didn’t want this fight.  I know that, for my son, I know it’s a hard fight.  It’s a difficult fight.  And I didn’t want it.  Fonfara is very strong.  But my son wanted this fight.  He wanted fighters that have a high category.  He wanted a hard fight.  And he believed that winning this fight will give him more credibility.  And that’s why he chose Fonfara.”

Fonfara made a good showing of himself in a loss to light heavyweight titlist Adonis Stevenson last year, a fight in which he showed moxie and was able to fell Stevenson before ultimately being stopped himself.

“I think I showed against Stevenson that I was a fighter. Physically, I feel good now. Since that fight, I’ve been training much harder.  I think, because of that fight, I’m a better boxer because, you know, I learn a lot in fights.  I’m ready for Chavez, I’ve trained hard for this fight, like, you know, Chavez says.  He’s trained hard for this fight. But I always train hard.  It doesn’t matter if it’s Chavez or whoever else, I’m always training hard.”

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JCCJ will be sporting a new trainer come April as he tabbed respected chief man Joe Goossen from California. Goossen spoke on JCCJ’s weight and abilities at this stage of his career.

“Well, first off, Julio is a well-rounded fighter.  I mean, we’ve seen him box before.  And we’ve seen him pressure before.  I don’t want to tip my hand on what we’re going to do but we have studied the films.  We’ve talked about the films of Andrzej.  And of course, we’re developing a game plan.  I think the weight — basically, 172 is very close to 68.  It’s a weight he’s fought at before. So I don’t think the weight is going to be a problem at all.  The way he’s working right now and the weight he’s at right now, I think we’re going to be able to hit the 172 mark quite easily.  But, again, as far as what skills he has that we’re going to bring to the table is something that I think is private to us.  But Julio Jr. is a multi-talented fighter.  Just watching him spar yesterday, when we needed a box, he did it beautifully.  And when we needed pressure in a few rounds, he pulled it off exactly how I like it.  So I’m very confident that whatever style we bring and game plan we bring, we’re going to be successful with it.”

JCCJ himself spoke on his new trainer:

“Well, I’ve known Joe Goossen for a long time.  He’s a great trainer.  He’s a great person.  He’s somebody that motivates fighters.  And we have a true connection.  We’ve connected again.  And I like him a lot.  I like that he’s a hard worker, just like me.  And I think, together, we’re going to do really well.  With regards to the performance, I can tell you that, this show is for the people.  It’s going to be a great fight.  It’s going to be a better fight.  And now, with my new promotion company and with knowing who my opponent is going to be in advance, I think it’s going to be a great night.”

The weight for the fight has been a topic of discussion and there is reportedly a six figure penalty that JCCJ is hoping to avoid.

“Yes.  Sure.  I’ll make 172 because I pay $100,000 per a pound (if I don’t). I can’t pay that kind of money. I’ve never weighed more than 172 in a fight. The only fight I made 172 is with Brian Vera, the first fight.  But in all the rest of my career of boxing, in all my championship bouts (I never didn’t make weight). I don’t know why you ask me that. Okay.  Maybe, I’m a bigger fighter, you know?  I know I am a bigger fighter.  But, I don’t have problems. And (if he does) not make the weight, maybe I’ll win $100,000 more.”

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