Just a few days from his big fight, undefeated world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is putting the final touches in his preparation for his September 12 showdown with Jason LeHoullier in Tepic, Nayarit in the main event of “Latin Fury 11” the very successful boxing series that Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions have been putting together over the last few years and that will televised on Pay-Per-View in the United States.
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Chavez Jr, the oldest son of great Mexican champion of the same name, has been training in Guadalajara for four weeks now and is about to close the hardest part of training camp as he gets ready to travel to the Riviera Nayarit next week for a final week of promotions for the event that will take place in “EL Palenque de la Feria” in Tepic, Nayarit.
The championship boxing card also includes two world championship fights; in one of them three-time world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico will defend his WBO bantamweight title against fellow Mexican, Alejandro Valdez of Sonora and in the other title bout Donnie “Snake” Nietes of the Philippines and Manuel “Chango” Vargas of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco will determine the absolute WBO minimumweight champion. Also on the televised portion of the card, Filipino Z Gorres will take on Cruz Carbajal of Veracruz, Mexico in a 10 round bantamweight bout.
Chavez Jr. (39-0-1, 30 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa was set to take on LeHoullier (21-1-1, 8 KOs) of Portland, Maine on July 25, but an injury during training camp forced him to re-schedule the fight.
“I feel real great. I have totally recuperated from the rib injury and have had a real good four weeks here in Guadalajara,” said Chavez Jr, after another hard day of training.
“I was able to keep some of the conditioning that I acquired during my previous camp in Big Bear, California so I did not have to start from zero,” said Chavez Jr, the WBC third world-ranked contender at 154 pounds.
Chavez Jr, has been training under the watchful eye of veteran trainer Romulo Quirarte Sr., his uncles Rodolfo Chavez and Miguel Molleda as well as Bladimir Baldenegro, his chief mitts handler. Chavez Jr. camp is a large 15 people group including his personal chef Hector Pavon, his friend and personal assistant Hebert Nieto, his brother Omar Chavez and various sparring partners.
“I want to give the fans in Nayarit a good fight and that’s why I have trained so hard for this fight. I want to look spectacular for everyone. I hope my opponent comes to fight, because that will make it a great fight. I’m going to win no matter what,” said Chavez Jr.
“I want to prove to Top Rank and Fernando Beltran that I’m ready to take the next step up and hopefully in my next fight I will take on a top-ten contender,” said Chavez Jr, who is only 23-years-old.
Everyone is happy with the training camp so far.
“He had a good camp. We have trained here before and Junior likes it here. There’s no doubt in my mind that he will be 100% ready for this fight,” said Quirarte Sr.
Chavez Jr. has been running for an hour in the mornings in the mountains around the hacienda where they are staying and then works two hours in a local gym not too far from the camp.
“We are in the last part of the camp. Next week all we will do is try to stay on weight. The hard part will be over Friday, as that will be our last day of sparring,” said Rodolfo Chavez, brother of the great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
The three main sparring partners during camp have been, Juan Carlos Parra, Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda and Edgar Ruiz.
“I truly believe that Junior has all the talent and abilities to become a world champion in the very near future,” said Quirarte Sr., trainer of more the five world champions and current trainer of the number one ranked lightweight Antonio De Marco.
Chavez Jr. is expected to break camp next Monday and head to Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit before going to Tepic, Nayarit the site of the big championship card.