Through Gav Duthie: Any sportsman who enters the same field with a successful father behind him has a hard time. If your dad was one of the best who ever did, it’s twice as hard.
In reality, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been a success in its own right, but because of his father, his achievements pale in comparison. 53 wins from 60 boxing matches, a WBC world champion and a good career overall.
However, everything he does is scrutinized; the party style, the marijuana, his laziness to train, and his last career were more of a meme and warning story than a boxing career.
Chavez Jr career
It’s easy to forget how good Jnr was. When he fought Sergio Martinez, he was 46-0-1. Even at that stage, we knew he was nowhere near his father’s level, but that he was on his way to becoming one of the most successful boxing sons ever, alongside Guty Espadas Jr (Espadas Snr) and Corey Spinks ( Leon Spinks). Since that loss, or frankly even in preparation for that loss, Chavez has been on a downward spiral.
Just think, in the first 9 years of his career, he fought 48 times. In the past 10 years he has fought 12 times. Over the past decade, a horrific demonstration against compatriot Canelo Alvarez and embarrassing losses to journeyman Mario Cazares and, most importantly, 46-year-old UFC legend Anderson Silva has left his career in tatters.
The worst part about the last loss was that it wasn’t even a surprise. UFC had tried to infiltrate boxing with the likes of McGregor-Mayweather, but Silva is the first to really win successfully.
That loss was only 7 months ago and it seemed like the world had lost Chavez Jr. had turned his back. Did it make sense to continue? The only chance of redemption was a world title and that’s so far away that it’s not even an option. However, we now live in a different world, so maybe there is another way.
It’s a world of youtube, Instagram, TikTok where people like Jake Paul can make more money boxing in a year than 5 current world champions combined. Where a top YouTuber is more famous than leading Hollywood actors and athletes. In the boxing community, Jake Paul is a novice, but in the rest of the world he is bigger than any world champion in the cruiserweight division.
A new legacy?
If Chavez Jr could beat him, as mentioned, he will be a success story overnight. As a boxing fan, beating Jake Paul doesn’t mean much to me. I don’t mind him; in fact I would give credit to any budding boxer considering taking Chavez Jr in their 6th professional bout. However, some people hate his infiltration into the sport with the money he has earned and can’t wait for him to lose. If Jnr did it, he would gain a new reputation in himself in a new world, and it would be seen by many as a boxing win against social media.
If Jnr went into this fight and lost it would be a disaster so it’s a huge risk but if someone is fighting that he has to forget his father’s legacy train as hard as he can to get the job done , as ridiculous as it sounds, this is it.