By Miguel Rivera
Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has publicly come out with a critical message, where he advises his younger brother, Omar Chavez, to retire from the sport of boxing.
On Saturday night, Omar Chavez (38-6-1, 25 KOs), son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., lost a close ten round unanimous decision to Oziel Santoyo (11-1), who never faced anyone even remotely close to Chavez’s record or experience.
It was the third defeat in his last five fights. Omar had actually discussed, on more than occasion, the idea of retiring from the sport – but then changed his mind and continued.
Chavez Jr. believes his brother needs to walk away, and only return to the sport when there is a greater commitment and discipline.
He feels that his brother does not properly prepare himself for fights.
“When you are poorly prepared or do not like boxing, you can clearly see it. I would like for him to not to fight anymore. I want him to discipline himself in his life, as a person – and then he will be ready to take on the life of a fighter again,” Chávez Jr. said.
“When the head is not right, and you do not have your feet firmly planted on the ground and we believe that we are already champions [these types of defeats will happen].”
Chavez Jr. himself is preparing for a return, after being inactive since a decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in May of 2017.