Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Looks to Step Out of Father’s Shadow Against Sebastian Zbik

By Nat Gottlieb

Photo: Chris Farina

“I don’t know if there have been many sons of great fighters who equaled their fathers,” says HBO analyst Larry Merchant. “They’re always compared against their father’s very high standard, and that is difficult to live up to. Most of the fathers overcame extreme poverty and had a certain kind of hardness because of that. Sons had it a lot easier growing up, and even though they lived in the gym, they didn’t have that kind of hardness inside. They’re able to get to a certain level, able to make some money, but the question remains, will the son also rise?”

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