Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. has been urged to give up boxing if he loses to Jake Paul – which would add to the humiliation for his estranged father.
The former WBC middleweight champion has revealed that he is in talks with a YouTuber to fight unbeaten boxer Paul.
Chavez Jr. is known for his lack of commitment in the past, most recently losing to future UFC Hall of Famer Anderson Silva.
So Mexican countryman Johnny Gonzalez requested the son of a legend to train properly for a fight with Paul or face the consequences.
Gonzalez, 40, told CVBJ: “It’s a cool business these YouTubers are doing who want to face boxers.
“But if Chavez is a junior, I hope Julio will prepare well because if he loses to Paul he’s better retired from boxing.”
One of Mexico’s most famous fighters, Chávez Sr., was left hands-on in June after his son lost in eight rounds to 46-year-old Silva.
And Gonzalez admitted that his father’s popularity is such that whenever 35-year-old Chavez Jr. steps into the ring, attention will follow him.
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He added: “Chávez has always attracted the limelight.
“But for his father, because wherever he appears, his father will always be with him and what the people want is to see the great Julio Caesar.”
Chavez Jr. revealed that he was offered up to £2.2 million to fight Paul, as well as a potential pay-per-view bonus.
But as Gonzalez warned, a humiliating defeat would have left no choice but to retire and refuse mega-money wallets.
Chavez Jr. admitted to TV Boxeo: “I hope I can get a few million with Jake Paul. If he kills me, I’ll retire, I don’t get paid.
If Chavez is a junior, I just hope Julio prepares well because if he loses to Paul, it would be better to retire from boxing.
“If I don’t beat him then I don’t want money. If I don’t win then retirement, his money’s not interested.”
Paul, 24, was set to face Tommy Fury, 22, until the former British reality TV star passed out from a broken rib and a chest infection.
Woodley, 39, signed on as a late replacement, but was ruled out in a rematch just three months after losing on points.
He now joins the KO list of YouTuber ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Askren, 37, Paul.
Chavez Jr. will be Paul’s first opponent with professional boxing experience.