By Miguel Rivera
Today, becoming a world champion is a dream that seems far away for Omar Chávez.
However, the 29-year-old from Sinaloa wants to give one last pull to his career and refuses to take the easiest option, the retirement option, after losing two of his last three fights.
“I have always believed that I am good, but I need to have humility, to work hard. Talent, I think that it’s there. Many people told me that I was going to be a champion, that I had more talent than my brother (Julio César) and I already felt like a champion, that I already had my belt on, but, truthfully, today I see that belt as being farther and farther away,” said Omar (37-5-1, 24 KOs) to ESPN Deportes. “I have to win, because if I don’t there is not much of a chance. Now I have to do it by force, because, if not, I’m worth sh*t.”
Chavez is training at the Zaragoza Boxing Hall, the gymnasium of former world champion and compatriot, Daniel Zaragoza.
“I feel it is time to throw all the meat to the spit. Many say that I better retire, but it would be mediocre to retire. It’s the easiest thing to do, but I’ll do my best to fulfill my dream. I prefer to try than just give up and say, ‘I could have been and I did not try,'” he reiterated.
Omar indicated that he wants to realize the relaunch of his career nor only for him, not because of his surname or his father, Julio César Chávez.
“Obviously I want to give my dad, my brother, my family a treat, but this time it’s because of me. I have to do it for my future, I have to do my things, this is my job and hopefully I find something better after I retire, but I am looking at it for me, for creating a good future for me and my children. It’s my legacy,” said the boxer, who is promoted by Pepe Gómez from Cancun Boxing.
For his part, Zaragoza, who together with Rodolfo Chávez, Omar’s uncle and coach, trains the fighter for his return on April 6 against Andrés Villaman in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico, expressed confidence that his pupil will look better in his reappearance.