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World ranked and undefeated middleweight Julio César Chávez, Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) arrived in Los Angeles today from his hometown Culiacan, Mexico to finish his preparation for his next bout. Chávez arrived around noon and set himself up in a downtown hotel and then made his way to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where he worked with Freddie Roach for the first time. Chávez is getting ready to face John Duddy on Saturday, June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas in the main event of “Latin Fury 15”, a big pay-per-view card promoted by Top Rank Inc.
“I have been training in Culiacan for three weeks and I have come to finish my training with Freddie Roach who I consider a great trainer and a tremendous strategist and will help me take my career to the next level,” said Chávez, Jr.
Chávez, Jr. worked with Roach on the mitts for over 30 minutes, following very intensely every indication made by the trainer who mainly worked on movement and staying aggressive as well as being on the offense of the game.
“I felt very good with Roach for being the first time we worked together, as we got along we will work even better. I come here with an open mind and to give it my all,” Chávez, Jr. said who was assisted by Alex Ariza since his arrival at the Wild Card.
Ariza will supervise Chávez, Jr’s running and Roach will take over in the afternoon boxing session at the Wild Card.
“Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran suggested that I trained with Roach and I jumped at the chance to work with such a great trainer,” said Chávez Jr.
Roach seemed happy with what he saw from Chávez, Jr. today.
“Julio César Chávez, Jr. has a lot of potential as a boxer and I feel very confident that these last four weeks before his fight will be enough to get him ready to be the best that he can be,” Roach said.
After a second day of work at the Wild Card on Wednesday, Chávez, Jr. will fly to San Antonio for a press conference on Thursday.