Chavez expects reunion with trainer Roach

September, 20, 2013
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Trainer Freddie Roach will return to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s corner after his Sept. 28 fight against Brian Vera, according to the former middleweight champ.

Moreover, Chavez didn't rule out the notion of Roach helping him against Vera, whom he'll take on at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif.

"Vladimir Baldenegro, who is my trainer, will be in charge of my corner," Chavez told ESPNDeportes.com. "We are talking to Freddie Roach because our relationship with Freddie Roach isn't over. He is training Miguel Cotto and will train [Manny] Pacquiao [for his fight against Brandon Rios], so logically I will not bring him to Las Vegas."

Although Chavez has maintained that Roach won't be in his corner for the Vera fight, neither side confirmed that they had permanently parted ways. Chavez also had recently announced that his father, six-time world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., would be in charge of his corner for the Vera fight.

Chavez, whose father will also be an official member of his team for the first time, said Roach will return to his corner full time for his next fight. The fighter was criticized by Roach after his loss to Sergio Martinez in September 2012 for not giving his best effort during training camp. He lost his middleweight title on a unanimous decision and was later suspended after testing positive for marijuana.

Roach's return won't mean that Chavez Sr. will stop helping and coaching his son during fights, according to Chavez Jr. But now he will be advising in an official capacity and not from ringside.

"For the next fight, I'm going to work full time with [Roach]," Chavez Jr. said. "Hopefully, Freddie, Vladimir and my father will be in the corner. Let's hope that in this fight [against Vera], Freddie can be in my corner."
Alfredo R. Berrios covers NBA and is an editor for ESPNdeportes.com. He has been a sports journalist since 1976, covering basketball, baseball and boxing for different news media in Puerto Rico and the United States.

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