COMMENTARY | If Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had been as aggressive with Sergio Martinez as he has been with his father recently, he'd be celebrating a victory right now instead of a one-sided unanimous decision loss.
"He [Chavez Sr.] was never with me during six or seven years of my career; I created myself," Chavez Jr. told Mexican newspaper, Record. "He never helped me, not even in some of my fights, like people say. He was too busy getting high and drinking all the time."
The recent attack is the latest in a series of excuses and justifications generated by the second generation star as he works to explain recent career setbacks.
To listen to Chavez Jr., his loss to Sergio Martinez was caused by everything from an out of control corner to a never before revealed sinus condition. Apparently, little responsibility can be laid at the feet of the one who actually spent eleven-and-a-half rounds in a stupor while his opponent walked around him, popped him with lefts and rights at will, and generally made a fool of him.
Even Jr.'s positive post-fight drug test wasn't really his fault, he says. The Marijuana in his system came from a cannabis oil treatment for insomnia. And that insomnia was caused by the stress of having to lose so much weight before each fight.
Not once has the 26-year-old accepted full responsibility for his actions, nor for anything negative that has happened around him. And, like most semi-delusional man-boys, a finger is now squarely pointed at mean ol' daddy.
The decision has come that his father will no longer be allowed to take an active part in his training camps. It's too much of a distraction and, as Jr. put it, "he wants things done in the same manner as he did [when he was fighting], and each person is different."
The dissolution of a father-son team is always a messy, emotional thing. This particular divorce will be especially difficult since Chavez Sr., despite what his son now says, has had so much to do with Jr.'s career.
And this is where the Chavez Jr. declaration of independence rings so hollow and insincere.
As a teenager, Chavez Jr. took that famous last name, built off of the hard work and legendary achievements of his father, and used it as a shortcut to the top.
Featured on high-profile undercards and headlining pay-per-view shows before being able to legally drink in some states, Jr. got the kinds of opportunities that never come along for the average fighter. And never, not even once, did the young Chavez balk at the idea of taking the easy road that came with his famous last name. Even later in his career as a grown man, he never questioned his dubious no. 1 ranking with the WBC and he never resisted the idea of competing for a title the organization had ridiculously ripped from the waist of the real champion, Sergio Martinez.
Chavez Jr. never stopped using his father's last name to get him through doors and around obstacles reserved for "normal" people-- Until it was convenient to declare his independence.
Now, Jr. has a name, can earn his own living, and is considered one of the few bankable figures in boxing. And, of course, now it's time to blast daddy and cry to the world about his burning desire to be his own man.
This might be somewhat of an honorable reach for independence if not for the fact that he so directly and willingly exploited his father's legend all the way to the top.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
Vanguardia, Chávez Jr. arremete contra su padre: 'Nunca me ayudó', dice (Spanish)
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