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Freddie Roach tells Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. one missed training session and I quit

We got on trainer Freddie Roach’s case for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s poor performance last weekend against Sergio Martinez, but it looks like Chavez Jr. is the one largely to blame.

Roach complained that Chavez Jr. wasn’t following proper training in his preparation for the Martinez fight, and then on Wednesday we learned that Chavez Jr. also smoked marijuana leading up to the fight. That’s hardly the recipe for success.

On Monday, Roach decided that Chavez Jr. was making him look bad and that he wouldn’t put up with the flakiness any longer.

“I’ve told Julio, ‘When we do this again, the first day you miss anything, I’m going home,’” Roach told the LA Times.

Roach also defended his reputation, saying Chavez Jr. has himself to blame for his poor performance.

“I don’t know why [Chavez Jr.] messed with the success of listening to me. He trained in his living room, and it just wasn’t enough.”

Roach is smart to threaten to drop Chavez Jr. as a client. The trainer’s reputation is taking a big hit with his major fighters — Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, and Chavez Jr. — not looking good in their recent fights. We do think something is wrong with his training that’s creating these problems, and that his fighters are not listening to him, but when it comes to Chavez Jr., he needs to be strict because that dude is making him look really bad.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tests positive for weed; Bob Arum campaigns for legalization of marijuana

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. made headlines on Wednesday when it was revealed he tested positive for marijuana after losing his fight with Sergio Martinez, but it’s what his promoter said in response that stole the show.

Chavez Jr. could be facing discipline from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his second positive post-fight test in the state in the past three years. In November 2009, he tested positive for a diuretic used to lose weight before his fight against Troy Rowland. The second positive test could influence the Commission’s punishment, but it shouldn’t, according to Bob Arum.

The promoter took Chavez’s failed test as an opportunity to campaign for the legalization of marijuana. This is something straight out of “The Great White Hype,” no doubt.

“You certainly worry about the repercussions, but we have a great commission in Nevada that understands what the social issues are. As far as I’m concerned, marijuana should be legal and you can quote me on that,” Arum said, according to the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire.

“I’m making a moral judgment,” he said. “It’s legal in California … it has therapeutic effects. I’m not going to step back on this one: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with marijuana, and if I had a vote, I’d vote to legalize it. Let’s not be sanctimonious here.”

Now that sure is one way to spin your client’s misstep. Arum also tried to explain that Chavez Jr. used the weed to help him sleep because of insomnia. Yes, the man does have a legal background.

We’ve gotten on Arum’s case plenty of times in the past for stupid things he’s said and for blocking the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather dream fight, but we have to give it to him on this one. This sure is comedy. And he is right in one sense; I figure smoking weed would only hurt a boxer preparing for a fight, so Chavez Jr. already hurt himself.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. looked so bad Freddie Roach nearly stopped fight before big comeback

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s comeback in the 12th round against Sergio Martinez on Saturday night was so improbable that his trainer, Freddie Roach, said he nearly stopped the fight after the 10th round.

Roach told his fighter in the corner after the 10th that he needed a knockout to win the fight. Then during an inteview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Roach even said he was considering stopping the fight after the 10th.

“Freddie, you told Julio that he needed a knockout to win. How does he get it?” asked Kellerman.

“He’s gotta punch with him, he’s gotta exchange with him, he’s gotta let his hands go. He’s walking in with his head down. He’s gotta let his hands go to knock this guy out,” said Roach.

“Can he [knock him out]?” Kellerman asked.

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