LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: (R-L) Referee Jack Reiss, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. of Mexico pose following the WBC World Middleweight Title bout with Sebastian Zbik of Germany at Staples Center on June 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
What do you do when your father is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time?
You follow in his footsteps, naturally, and try to cement your own legacy as a fighter by doing every thing Papa did (and more). That's exactly what Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will attempt to do in his upcoming title fight against Sergio Martinez this Saturday night (Sept. 15, 2012), live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nepotism, be damned.
MMAmania.com will be on the scene all next week after partnering with AT&T to bring you live coverage of all the pre-, during and post-fight festivities. But before we dive into the bad blood between these two pugilists, we'll first take a look back at what brought them to their "Sin City" showdown.
After the jump, learn more about Chavez Jr. the man, as well as the boxer.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (Mexico)
Record: 46-0-1, 32 knockouts
Biggest win: Stopped Andy Lee earlier this year in El Paso
In his own words (via ESPN.com):
"Having my father with me in training is like having a master at your side. He will correct me and will give me advice, but he lets my trainers do their work. He just wants me to do the things right and is always talking about the importance of good preparation. He's always saying that fights are won in training and, that if are your well prepared, the fights will be easy. We have become more like friends. I know that he is my father and I do respect him, but when we talk boxing now, it's as equals and that has made our relationship much better. He has also cleaned up his act, and that makes him more enjoyable to be around and keeps me more focused on my career. He deserves a lot of credit for the victory I will claim over Martinez on Sept. 15."
His greatest hits (via HBO Boxing):
For a closer look at his opponent, Sergio Martinez, click here.