Sergio vs Chavez Jr…WHO DO YA LIKE?

jr-sergioLASVEGAS, NEV. (July 10, 2012) – Who really deserves to wear the World Middleweight Champion’s crown?Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR., and SERGIO MARTINEZ, the two-division world champion with matinee idol looks, will settle that question in their long-awaited middleweight battle, Saturday, September 15 – Méxican Independence Day weekend – at the Thomas & Mack Center, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Chávez Jr. vs. Martinez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Wynn Las Vegas, AT&T and Tecate, tickets to the Chávez Jr. vs. Martinez World Middleweight Championship Event will go on sale This Thursday! July 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT. Priced at $600, $400, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, they can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center box office and Town Square Las Vegas Concierge. Tickets can also be purchased online at charge by telephone call (702) 739-FANS.

“This is the fight I've always wanted,” said Chávez Jr. “Martinez has said a lot of bad things. Let's see if he wants to go to the center of the ring and fight like a man.”

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to headline a live pay-per-view event in Las Vegas and to be able to take back what is rightfully mine, and that is the WBC middleweight championship belt,” said Martinez. “We have been working very hard with my team through the years for this moment and I will make sure to leave Las Vegas September 15th as the winner.Chavez Jr. has shown some improvement in his last fight, but that will not be enough to defeat me September 15th.”

“This is the big fight that the boxing world has been clamoring for such a long time,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Julio César Chávez Jr., after his latest victory, is ready to go. He will make all Méxicans proud, just like his father used to do.”

“This is one of the biggest fights that can be made in boxing, between Julio César Chávez Jr., a terrific young champion and the son of a legend, and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, one of the great pound-for-pound fighters in the world. This is a fight for both middleweight supremacy and pound-for-pound status,” said Martinez promoter Lou DiBella.

“We are pleased to be part of such a monumental match-up between two talented fighters,” said Alex Pariente, executive vice president of international and domestic marketing for Wynn Las Vegas. “The long-anticipated championship fight between Martinez and Chávez on Mexican Independence Day will add to the celebration of the holiday and the history of the storied middleweight title that includes greats such as Sugar Ray Robinson, Tony Zale, Carlos Monzon and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.”

“Julio César Chávez Jr. versus Sergio Martinez is one of the premier and most anticipated matchups in boxing today,” said Mark Taffet of HBO Pay-Per-View. “It has all the makings of an extraordinary event — major league boxing skill in the ring; a spirited rivalry that has simmered for years; the fast-rising new star versus the elite warrior; enthusiastic fan bases; and a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. It will be an evening that every fight fan will want to experience live on HBO Pay-Per-View.”

Chávez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs), of Culiacán, México, making his first appearance in Las Vegas since 2009, is the son of Mexico’s greatest fighter Julio César Chávez. Chávez, 26, took up the “family business” in 2003, winning a four-round decision in his professional debut. Eight years later, the reigning World Middleweight Champion and superior gate attraction is poised to make his own mark in the boxing world. He took a major step toward that goal by enlisting legendary trainer Freddie Roach to take him to the next level.Their first fight together was a gigantic success, a dominant 12-round unanimous decision victory over top-10 contender John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs) in June 2010 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. After his January 29, 2011 unanimous decision win over Billy Lyell, Chávez Jr. became the second family member to win a world title, dethroning undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik via a majority decision. That June 4, 2011 slugfest took place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles just a few blocks north of the Olympic Auditorium where the legendary Julio César Chávez won his first world title. Chávez Jr. has successfully defended his title with a fifth-round knockout of Top-Five contender Peter Manfredo, Jr., November 19, 2011, followed by a hard-fought unanimous decision on February 4 over No. 1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio. He enters this fight fresh from one his biggest victories, a seventh-round knockout of No. 2-rated contender Andy Lee on June 16.

Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a consensus Top-Three pound-for-pound fighter, will be making his first appearance in a Las Vegas ring since 2000. He first made his presence known to the boxing world in 2007 by knocking out Saul Roman in the fourth round of their WBC super welterweight title elimination bout. One year later, Martinez captured the WBC interim super welterweight title with an eighth-round stoppage of Alex Bunema. He was elevated to WBC world super welterweight champion in the latter half of 2009. Martinez captured his second world title in as many divisions, in 2010, moving up in weight to challenge and upset defending middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.Martinez enters this fight riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak, including knockout victories of Paul Williams, Sergiy Dzinziruk, and Darren Baker. In his last fight, on St. Patricks’ Day at Madison Square Garden, Martinez stopped Matthew Macklin in the 11th round.

The Chávez Jr. vs. Martinez world championship telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. Follow HBO Boxing news at and at Use the hashtag #ChavezMartinez to join the conversation on Twitter.

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-deepwater :

if this fight was in a bubble I would lean towards sergio. Its really hard to bet against the mexican son of a mexican legend on a mexican holiday with alot of mexican fans cheering every miss jr makes. add that to the fact that chavez will be 182 vs 165 lb sergio. sergio can win the fight if it was in a bubble because he has that backwards/lateral movement but this fight will not be a=in a buble and when sergio dances side to side or backwards the fans will boo big time. betting big on chavez jr.

-SouthPaul :

Would be lovely to see Martinez take 'em out like he did Paul Williams. Big cheers for Martinez, let's get it done!

-deepwater :

just saw the face to face pic. chavez is half a foot taller. sergio will not get a fair dec on mexican day he has to go for the tko or ko and I dont think he can ko 182 lb chavez. $$$ on chavez. sergio could win 10 rounds and not get the victory if it goes to the cards. . who has the most $$$ to be made in the future? chavez or sergio? easy answer= chavez.

-The Good Doctor :

Got Sergio in this one. Even though Chavez has showed some promise, I think Maravillia is a little out of his league. I have a hard time backing a guy who is very easy to hit and who's best win is probably Andy Lee. I think Sergio will put on his dancing shoes, move in and out and win a close UD. I think it will be close because of the effect of a pro Chavez crowd.

-cabreezy :

I've got Martinez winning this one easily if there's fair judging. People who point to Martinez losing to another tall, Mexican pressure fighter (Margarito) don't realize that Martinez found his natural weight in the middles, not welter. Junior doesn't have a proper jab to set up the kind of pressure Martinez could possibly succumb to. Junior's too slow and just comes plodding forward hoping to be able to land his body shots. Martinez is going to box circles around this kid and set up some devastating lefts. However, realistically, Sergio is going to have to murder this kid to get a fair shake in Vegas on Mexican Independence day.

-Radam G :

It's JUNIOR TIME! I'm going with SOAL JCCJ. He'll make Sergio feel every bit of a boxing senior citizen. Holla!

-ali :

Martinez in a close fight MD

-ultimoshogun :

I got Jr. winning this in a close one. Maravilla is no spring chicken so it'll be interesting to see if he can keep constantly moving for 12 rds and not gas against Jr., who will surely be bringing the heat. Chavez should be able to take Sergio's best shots...I think Sergio will be moving and throwing those no look left bombs that he crushed LTP with but I think Jr's smart enough to adjust to those type of shots. I'm thinking Martinez will begin to slow down in the second half of the fight which will allow Jr. to start punishing the body....Jr. by decision.

-riverside :

Chavez late tko, chavez size will be the difference, junior middleweight vs light heavyweight, I can't see Martinez hurting chavez jr, he will walk through his punches and taunt him embarrass him and get the fans cheering, junior will flop his arms as to taunt martinez being a chicken!!! Chavez Jr inherited an iron chin from pops! what is martinez going to do when he can't stop the runaway train, Junior will Pressure be economic, make martinez use all his energy going backwards, martinez will abandon his hit and run game plan and slug with the bigger guy, More pressure from junior in the middle rounds, take him out in the later rounds. Too big ,too strong, too much chin, too young.

-mortcola :

We're going to see just how good Chavez is or isn't. I think he is much better than the naysayers say. But he will face a degree of speed/power and intelligence in Martinez that is levels above anything we've seen him against. Either his persistent, well-controlled attack and physical strength break Martinez down, or Sergio shocks him with lots of stunning quick blows while his movement keeps Julio off balance and unable to sustain an attack. Also, Martinez speed brings a certain kind of stunning power that enables him to short-circuit guys when he hits them right...don't know how Jr will handle that. Based on available evidence, Martinez schools him. Based on an optimistic view of Julio being that much better than given credit for, and being big enough to overcome Martinez' other advantages, Chavez is a live underdog, maybe the exact kind of fighter to finally expose Martinez lack of a fundamental toolkit.

-deepwater :

hey mort if sergio keeps moving backwards and side to side while scoring punches and chavez keeps stalking him what do you think the judges will favor? will they score for chavez because he is trying to be the aggressor or will they score for sergio for landing a few more shots? what do you think

-Carmine Cas :

In a perfect world, Martinez. But the fights going to be in corrupt vegas so it could be Chavez

-Radam G :

Sergio Martinez is going to get KTFO in a none-perfect world. Holla!

-mortcola :

hey mort if sergio keeps moving backwards and side to side while scoring punches and chavez keeps stalking him what do you think the judges will favor? will they score for chavez because he is trying to be the aggressor or will they score for sergio for landing a few more shots? what do you think
Its about volume, in part. I think if Martinez can do that, he will also be doing it in volume while making Chavez miss a lot - Chavez always punches off a kind of stiff foundation, has to have his feet set, and if he can be turned and kept off balance, then his punches won't be effective and the judges won't have too hard a time of it. If.