Friday, 21 September 2012 16:38

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr | Is a Split with Roach Possible?

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Less than two weeks after Amir Khan's parting of ways with trainer Freddie Roach, some are saying Julio Cesar Chavez Jr may follow suit. 

Freddie Roach has had a difficult last 11 months.

It all started last November as Roach's top pupil, Manny Pacquiao, looked lackluster despite winning a controversial decision over Juan Manuel Marquez.

The following month, Amir Khan, Roach's No.2 fighter, was upset by Lamont Peterson, losing his jr welterweight titles. And then in June 2012, Manny Pacquiao was upset, albeit controversially, by upstart Timothy Bradley.

And things would continue to go down hill for Freddie Roach as a heavily favored Amir Khan would suffer a 3rd Round knockout loss to Danny Garcia in July while Roach's No. 3 fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, would be whitewashed by Sergio Martinez 8 weeks later.

Each of Roach's three big guns, Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, has lost his most recent bout with Khan dropping two straight.

And now, following his one-sided drubbing to Sergio Martinez last week, will former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr leave Freddie Roach?  Better yet, will Roach leave Chavez?

There is certainly some friction between Roach and the former WBC Middleweight belt-holder.

Several days ago, the 26 year old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr tested positive for Marijuana in his post-fight test. But perhaps even more significant than the positive test itself is the obvious lack of focus and discipline on Chavez's part.

Using Marijuana, even if sparingly, is not how a "serious" fighter prepares for the biggest fight of his career, a PPV event no doubt.

And five-time 'Trainer of the Year,' Freddie Roach has been loathe to accept criticism for the Chavez loss, stating:

Pictured: Julio Cesar Chavez's trainer Freddie Roach
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank


"The six fights prior to that, people warned me about the way he used to be and so forth. I never saw that. He never said no to me. He never missed a day of training. Everything people warned me about came through in this fight. It was very unusual," Roach told

"I don't know why you would want to mess with success. For some reason he did. He wanted to make a change. He wanted to be the boss. He didn't want to listen to me or his father. His father was very frustrated. His father would tell him 'you have the best trainer in the world and you won't even listen to him.' His father told him 'you trained just enough lose.'"

As a result of the positive drug test, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr may be suspended up to year and could lose all or some of his hefty $3 Million USD purse. If he's suspended, it'll be the second time. In 2009, after his bout with Troy Rowland, Chavez tested positive for furosemide, a banned diuretic. He was subsequently suspended for seven months and fined $10,000 by the Nevada Boxing Commission.

Leroy Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.