Los Angeles -- Sideshow. Protected fighter. Phony.
Throughout his career, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior's critics have given him a collection of derisive labels to explain his evolving career.
As the son of boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez, young Julio had the benefit of a built-in fan base and a ready-to-go promotional machine that would make even the most experienced boxing veteran green with envy.
It also made him a lightning rod for critics.
When the raw, but determined Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) began piling up wins and headlining cards, he remained a mere afterthought on boxing's radar. Critics could see that his skills were unpolished and that his competition was less-than-stellar. His indifference to training and silver spoon circumstances did not help matters.
The addition of trainer Freddie Roach to his corner upgraded Chavez's game, and a win over Andy Lee also opened a few eyes. Nevertheless, the old perceptions of nepotism and tomato can opposit...