Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was pummeled by Sergio Martinez for 11 rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday night before putting together a thrilling 12th round where he nearly came back to beat the champion. The events of the evening left many questioning the judgment, and training, of Freddie Roach.
After guiding a previously raw Manny Pacquiao to boxing greatness, Roach became known as the best boxing trainer in the world and considered somewhat of a training whisperer. But as Robert Littal points out, Roach’s big fighters are 0-3 in their last title fights (if you include Pacquiao getting robbed in the Timothy Bradley decision). Then the unthinkable happened; Roach was fired by a fighter — Amir Khan, who was dissatisfied after losing his last two fights.
On top of being canned by Khan, some thought Roach gave up on Chavez Jr. during his fight on Saturday night when he shouldn’t have.
Chavez Jr. was getting outclassed by Martinez much of the fight, and Roach told his fighter after the 10th ...