The product of the Mexican boxing icon, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs), will take on Alfonso Gomez (29-1, 18 KOs) in a slobber-knocking bout at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on December 4th in a card so aptly titled, “In Harm’s Way.”
“This event at the Honda Center is really going to be spectacular,” said Top Rank CEO and promoter Bob Arum at the fights’ press conference. “Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez is one of the most anticipated fights.”
“We’re calling this ‘In Harm’s Way’ which is an excellent title because every fight on this card has a chance of going either way.”
Gomez, five years the elder, gained notoriety after being part of the boxing reality TV show, “The Contender,” in its’ debut in 04/05, is going into the match coming off an impressive victory over Jose Luis Castillo back in March. Gomez stopped Castillo in the fifth round. Three of his last four victories have come by way of knockout.
Chavez Jr., too, is taking a winning momentum into fight night, but with some scrutiny.
There were rumors circulating that Chavez Jr. was lazy and had a weak work ethic. But that scrutiny was shot down when Junior hired training legend Freddie Roach before his June, 26th bout with John Duddy. The fight went the distance with all the judges unanimously awarding Chavez Jr. the victory and the WBC Silver Middleweight Championship Belt.
The Belt will be on the line and the challenger intends to take it in epic fashion.
According to ESNEWS, in a video interview seen on YouTube, Gomez predicted that, “[Chavez Jr.] is going to get knocked out.” His opponent was must more descriptive.
“It’s going to be spectacular,” said Chavez Jr. at the press conference. “You’re going to see a different me. I’m in great condition. I’m going to prepare myself for the 12 rounds. In the past I’ve left a lot of doubts, this time I’m not going to leave any doubt. That’s why on December 4th, you’re going to know me as a true boxer.”
The addition of Freddie Roach to Chavez Jr.’s corner is enough to make any opponent quiver, but most importantly, for the Champion, The Roach can give him the knowledge and wherewithal to become a prize fighter worthy of bearing the name ‘Julio Cesar Chavez.’
Unfortunately for young Chavez Jr, his father will not be ringside at the fight. He’s is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery and will have to miss the clash.
“My dad was a bit ill, and this will be the first time in my career he will not be with me in the ring, so I am dedicating this fight to my dad,” said Chavez Jr.
It’s difficult to imagine a Chavez Jr. bout without his father frantically racing around the ring yelling instructions and talking over the trainers in the corner. But I’m sure Freddie Roach is fine with that.