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Chavez Jr. changing trainers for return

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hopes trainer Robert Garcia will be in his corner when he faces Marcos Reyes on July 18. Chris Farina/Top Rank

Mexican promoter Promociones del Pueblo announced that former middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will face Marcos Reyes on July 18 with the bout to take place in Texas (San Antonio, Houston or El Paso) and to be televised on Mexican network Televisa.

As far as American television, while there was no announcement made, it’s a good bet that it will air on one of the Premier Boxing Champions outlets because Chavez is with PBC founder Al Haymon.

Chavez returned from a 13-month layoff on April 18 and took a shellacking by light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara before quitting after the ninth round of a fight in which he was way behind on all three scorecards. The weight for the fight with Reyes was not specified.

The fight with Fonfara was Chavez’s first, and apparently only, fight with trainer Joe Goossen running the corner. Chavez (48-2-1, 32 KOs), 29, announced on Twitter that he was changing trainers.

“For my next fight, my official trainer will be Robert Garcia,” Chavez said, even though no deal between the two has been completed.

Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs), 27, of Mexico, is a natural middleweight, which should be helpful to Chavez, who was facing a much bigger man in Fonfara. Reyes lost a majority 10-round decision to Abie Han in October and rebounded for an eight-round decision victory against David Lopez on Jan. 24.