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Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. “It’s The Hispanic Super Bowl,” Arum Says

BY David A. Avila ON July 11, 2012
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Chavez Jr Martinez LA PC 120710 004aThe son of the legend and Sergio pose in LA Monday. Martinez promised a KO. (Chris Farina)

LOS ANGELES-Amid two of the most recognized middleweights Top Rank’s Bob Arum matter-of-factly told a table full of reporters that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was not ready to face the recognized world champion Sergio Martinez last year.

“Everybody said we were ducking Sergio Martinez. They were God d—n right we were ducking Sergio Martinez. Chavez wasn’t ready,” said Arum. “But now he’s (Chavez) certainly ready to give a competitive battle.”

Ever since Chavez was handed a version of the WBC middleweight title though Martinez had already captured it, the boxing world has shouted for this match to decide the real champion.

Funny, last year few felt Chavez had any chance at all. But a lot has changed.

Argentina’s speedy southpaw Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) finally gets his wish to fight Chavez (46-0-1, 32KOs), the man from Mexico on Saturday Sept. 15, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. HBO will televise the pay-per-view card.

Everybody had a lot to say. Even “El Gran Campeon Mexicano” got into the act.

“Martinez has been talking bull crap,” said Chavez Sr. while sitting 10 feet away from Martinez. “Don’t forget, a Mexican already knocked you out, so why won’t another Mexican knock you out?”

The dapper Argentine said he’s very glad that Chavez has agreed to fight and that the big Mexican middleweight has indeed improved dramatically in a year.

“Oh yes, he’s improved very much,” said Martinez. “I predict I’ll knock him out in 10 rounds or less.”

Fresh off his blowout of Ireland’s Andy Lee, the son of the Mexican legend Chavez looked like a cruiserweight during the press conference. It all seemed to be pure muscle.

“He’s picked up a lot from his father,” says Arum, adding that at one point he wasn’t too convinced of Chavez’s abilities. But his matchmaker Bruce Trampler was always high on the former Riverside high school student.

Chavez listened to all of the back and forth talk about real champions and became slightly irate.

“He didn’t want to fight the mandatory,” said Chavez explaining how he was pitted against Sebastian Zbik last June 2011 and won the title. “That was Martinez’s choice.”

Nonetheless, Martinez’s camp see Chavez’s title belt as theirs.

“We’ve been looking forward for a long time to take back what was taken from us,” said Pablo Sarmiento, trainer for Martinez. “On Sept. 15, we’re taking back the belt.”

Despite the numerous middleweight titles out there, this is the one that matters.

“I want to thank Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for accepting this difficult, difficult fight,” said Martinez. “Difficult for him.”

Chavez controlled his anger regarding the various statements made from Martinez’s team.

“On Sept. 15 you will know what type of fighter I am,” said Chavez Jr. “Let me be clear that on Sept. 15 I will be the winner. I don’t have a doubt.”

Tickets go on sale on Thursday.

Comment on this article

deepwater says:

chavez looks huge next to sergio. sergio can dance side to side and land more against chavez but what will the judges vote for? effective agrression= chavez will keep coming forward and the mexicans will love it. unless something happens before the fight I am putting my bet on chavez.

Radam G says:

The SOAL JCCJ is going to spank Sergio. I'm saying it now. He is going to catch Sergio Martinez posting with the SM's hand down and chin up, and put him to SLEEP.

WOW! I still find it so hard to believe that SM has fooled a lot of people into thinking that he can fight just because he kayoed a long, tall punch-missing marshmallow and beat up an Ohio drunk. Holla!

SouthPaul says:

Lmao at that pic. I knew Chavez was bigger but wow... The pic really puts it in perspective. That said, Radam, maybe it's Chavez and his promoters that people fooled into believing he can fight. He's gotten better but he's still very raw in many areas. I wouldn't go betting the entire house on 'em. Don't want to see a boxing homey go homeless,

dino da vinci says:

Lmao at that pic. I knew Chavez was bigger but wow... The pic really puts it in perspective. That said, Radam, maybe it's Chavez and his promoters that have people fooled into believing he can fight. He's gotten better but he's still very raw in many areas. I wouldn't go betting the entire house on 'em. Don't want to see a boxing homey go homeless,


Such compassion, SP.

Radam G says:

@SouthPaul, I'm pulling a Michael Vick and being cruel to my dog by betting his doghouse on the fight. IF Martinez somehow beat SOAL JCCJ, my dog -- a boxer -- Ali is gonna be one homeless animal. Hehehehehe!

In all seriousness, I sincerely doubt that Sergio Martinez will be anywhere in the bout with SOAL JCCJ. SM is a hyped-up lucky case. He has gotten the right opponents at the right time. His long-in-da-tooth arse will be no match for SOAL JCCJ. Just WAIT and SEE. Holla!

Carmine Cas says:

Chavez has improved a lot, but he can't fight on the outside for sh*t. He doesn't even jab his way in. If Sergio fights smart I can see him win by decision. If he fights even smarter and goes to body, I can see him knocking the spoiled pompous crusierweight out. But let's see what happens fight night. I'd like to see sergio fight golvolkin, pirog, quillin....since pacquiao and floyd are too chicken

Carmine Cas says:

And top rank hasn't cherry picked opponents for pacquiao a little Radam? An old dehydrated IV swollen DLH, an overmatched David Diaz, one dimensional ricky hatton, plaster beaten Cotto (who would now do a lot better this time around maybe even beat the overrated Filipino) A punchless Clottey, A platerless fraud exposed walking heavy bag Margacheato, an old a*s Mosley. And ahhh last but definitely not least the great Juan Manuel Marquez who defeated pacquiao in their last two fights, yet whose 5 years his senior. Pacquiao was great at featherweight, but his rise from lightweight to junior middleweight is bogus. All of the former fighters were either over matched, damaged or washed up (Marquez got robbed he landed the higher percentage of punches and landed far more effective punches, he did however take his foot off the gas in the last couple rounds which didn't help his case. But the second fight was a robbery too, Pacquiao won the first fight). Pacquiao's rise to greatness of the higher weights is a farce. Martinez defeated dangerous opponents in Williams, Dzinziruk, Pavlik, Macklin, even Pavlik posed more of a threat than all of pacquiao's recent opponents. It was karma at it's finest to see pacquiao lose to Bradley. Andre Ward has faced higher quality of opposition than pacuqiao, he arguably should be placed at No.2 p4p

Carmine Cas says:

It's sad that pbf is such a chicken, he has the blueprint to beat pacquiao all he has to do is move around a little. Pacquiao has a tough time with mobile opponents. He has issues adapting; a quality great fighters possess. If Floyd realizes that, he easily exposes pacquiao's technical deficiencies and dominates him via UD or TKO, but until then we'll see. Pacquiao is a very good fighter but his victories over sub par opposition, catch weight games, technical flaws, and judges have prevented him from reaching elite status

Radam G says:

Just continue the creampuff cyberspace hatred. Reality distortion is your cup of tea. So use it! Use it, babeeee! He who has not sin, cast the first stone! That is what I thought! There are a lot of stoneless muthamouths. Da Manny kicks Mayweather arse every day and five times on Sunday. Money May and Fam May know what time it is, and don't listen to fans, or groupies. Holla!

Radam G says:

"Karma to see Manny lose is" what a typical bigot will always come up with. Da Manny hasn't lost syet. And WON'T! And the world WORLD saw it. And all the haters will eat their hating words again. Da Manny is gonna be very cruel to the next SOB. Karma that! Holla!

TotoyBato says:

It's gonna be a war of attrition. Martinez will be pressured and be forced to fight in-close head to head shot for shot. The bigger tougher fighter Chavez will prevail. Don't be surprised if the ring is of a smaller size either.

Carmine Cas says:

"Just continue the creampuff cyberspace hatred. Reality distortion is your cup of tea. So use it! Use it, babeeee! He who has not sin, cast the first stone! That is what I thought! There are a lot of stoneless muthamouths. Da Manny kicks Mayweather arse every day and five times on Sunday. Money May and Fam May know what time it is, and don't listen to fans, or groupies. Holla!" Lol it's not hatred and I am no bigot, I am just illustrating the cold hard facts, I have nothing against Filipinos or any ethnicity. I'm just the only one smart enough to see that "da manny" rise to greatness from lightweight to junior middleweight was a farce. He didn't beat the best in their respective divisions. Pacquiao beat old washed up fighters or fighters who weren't at their best and made a lot of them adhere to bogus catch weight stipulations. I am no mayweather lover, in fact I used to hate him lol. I still think he's an "arse" h*le. But he is the #1 p4p. Da fanny pac derives his ability from his physicality, his skills are limited. Once you take away his physical advantage he's stumped like Mayweather in a spelling bee. But go on Radam keep pouting your propaganda of the great pugilism, eventually Da Fanny we'll be exposed. Merriweather team can think whatever they want, their illiterate uneducated fools. But the truth is da fanny has issues with boxers who don't stand still, he will be exposed. Roach and you can talk for da fanny pac all you want but at the end of the fanny pac will be exposed once he loses his speed. But go on Radam keep on jabbering

Radam G says:

Go PLAY with your ___ ____ ____! Grown man have no time for a ___ ___ _ juvenile in this wonderful version of The Sweet Science Universe. Keep posting. The more that you show, the more that readers will learn that you don't know. Pick a fight with one your hallucinations, not with one who heard all that bullsyet from fakers, faders, groupies and dimwits and ____ ____ ___. Holla!

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