JC Chavez Jr. Struggles With Coronavirus—The Concept, Not The Illness

Could we all use a moment of levity in this serious, serious world on lockdown due to the coronavirus? Well, here’s a bit of brain-befuddling denseness on the part of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., El Hijo del Gran Leyenda Mexicano.

On his social media account, the second generation star and former middleweight champ waxed philosophical on the deadly virus. He would speak about its emergence in his own home state of Culiacan in Mexico, at first denying its legitimacy and then comically trying to explain what it is and why it exists.

Chavez Jr: Chinese Food is Good

“They say there is coronavirus in Culiacan,” Chavez Jr. said. “Whether it’s true or not, I think it’s all show. It’s not coming from China to Culiacan, even though there are many Chinese people in Culiacan. The Chinese food is so good.”


And then this doozy:

“The good thing about coronavirus, errrr, what we can take away from the subject of the coronavirus is that…those being less affected by the illness are those of us who live for today. Live for today. Because, I don’t know, sometimes we leave things for another day…things like what we have to, sweat, take baths…”

Sing the Virus Away

The fighter, who now sports a bleach-blonde, semi-permed hairstyle, would round out his dissertation on coronavirus with a cumbia song about how he’s going to the moon to escape the coronavirus. He also asserted in song how dancing to cumbia music is the real cure to the deadly virus.

Some of his confused and ill-informed statements regarding Covid-19 have been mercifully wiped off of his social media accounts. But, of course, nothing is ever truly gone from the internet. Mexican fans have been having great fun throughout the last couple of days at the expense of the son of their national boxing hero.

Chavez Jr– Disappointing Past, Puzzling Future

The 34-year-old former titlist was last seen in the ring this past December, when he quit on his stool nearly midway through a bout with Daniel Jacobs in Phoenix, Arizona. Despite accounting well for himself in the early part of that bout, the perpetually puzzling (and frequently disappointing) Chavez Jr. managed to once again leave fans in an uproar over a dissatisfying, anticlimactic finish.

The mercurial boxer has recently announced his plan to transition to a full-time music career, but has also been crowing about a likely return to the ring. He’s even posted some mock fight posters targeting a ridiculously impossible bout with Floyd Mayweather.

Whatever is in Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s future, we know for sure that a gig at the Center for Disease Control is not in the cards.

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Paul Magno
Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: paulmagno@theboxingtribune.com

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