Chavez Sr: I didn’t want my son to fight Fonfara

Phil Jay 24/03/2015

All-time great Julio Cesar Chavez has revealed that he would rather not see his son fight Andrzej Fonfara, but says credit must be given to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for taking on one of his toughest tasks next month in California.

Ex-middleweight king Chavez, 29, tackles the dangerous Pole on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson at a catchweight of 172lbs, although his father wanted an alternative foe as Jr aims to build on his double win over Bryan Vera.

“I didn’t want this fight. I know that, for my son, I know it’s a hard fight. It’s a difficult fight and I didn’t want it,” said Chavez Sr.

“Fonfara is very strong, but my son wanted this fight. He wanted fighters that have a high category. He wanted a hard fight. He believes that winning this fight will give him more credibility and that’s why he chose Fonfara.”

Chicago-based Fonfara gave a good account of himself in a world title defeat to Adonis Stevenson last May and followed it up by out-pointing DouDou Ngumbu at the UIC Pavilion in November.The

The 27 year-old has stopped 15 of his 26 wins inside schedule and can boast victories over former world champions Gabriel Campillo and Glen Johnson as well as a brief reign as IBO title holder.

Showtime will broadcast the event which will see Chavez Jr fight on the network for the first time in his career.