JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR has been urged to QUIT boxing if he lost to Jake Paul – which would add further humiliation to his iconic dad.
The former WBC middleweight champion revealed he is in talks to fight YouTuber-turned unbeaten boxer Paul.
Chavez Jr has been known to lack commitment in the past, most recently losing to future UFC Hall of Famer Anderson Silva.
So Mexican countryman Jhonny Gonzalez pleaded with the son of a legend to train properly for a fight with Paul – or face the consequences.
Gonzalez, 40, told CVBJ: “It is a good business that these YouTubers are doing who want to face boxers.
“But if Chavez Jr happens, I just hope that Julio prepares well because if he loses to Paul then he had better retire from boxing.”
Chavez Sr, one of Mexico’s most celebrated fighters, was left head in hands in June after his son lost to Silva, 46, over eight rounds.
And Gonzalez admitted such is his dad’s popularity, whenever Chavez Jr, 35, steps foot in the ring, attention will follow.
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He said: “Chavez has always attracted the spotlight.
“But for his dad, because wherever he shows up, his father will always accompany him and what people want is to see the great Julio Cesar.”
Chavez Jr revealed he had been offered up to £2.2million, plus potential pay-per-view bonuses, to fight Paul.
But like Gonzalez warned, an embarrassing defeat would leave no option but retirement and refusing the mega-money purse.
Chavez Jr admitted to TV Boxeo: “I hope I can get a few million with Jake Paul. If he beats me, I’ll retire, I don’t get paid.
“I don’t want money if I don’t beat him. Retirement, not interested in his money if I do not win.”
Paul, 24, was set to face Tommy Fury, 22, until the British former reality TV star pulled out with a broken rib and chest infection.
Woodley, 39 then signed as a late replacement but was knocked out in the rematch, just three months after losing on points.
He now joins YouTuber ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Askren, 37, on Paul’s KO list.
Chavez Jr would be Paul’s first opponent with prior professional boxing experience.