HBO To Replay Martinez-Chavez Jr.

BY The Sweet Science ON September 15, 2012
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HBO SPORTS PRESENTS THE REPLAY

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR. VS.

SERGIO MARTINEZ SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

PLUS AN ALL-NEW EDITION OF “THE FIGHT GAME”

It’s a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR. VS. SERGIO MARTINEZ, the replay of their highly anticipated middleweight title fight, SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live coverage at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas, calls all the action, available in HDTV.

Other HBO playdates: Sept. 23 (8:45 a.m.) and 24 (12:15 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Sept. 23 (5:15 p.m.) and 25 (11:00 p.m.)

Chavez Jr. and Martinez have been on a collision years for the past few years as the two have fast-tracked through the 160-pound division. Their Sept. 15 showdown was one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated and intriguing meetings and was carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View®.

The boxing studio program “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley” returns with an all-new edition immediately after the replay of Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez at 10:45 p.m. (ET/PT).

® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

Comment on this article

Radam G says:

The 12th round has a shot of being the round of the year. Holla!

deepwater says:

Great fight. After fight Chavez home with a closed eye. Sergio in hospital with stitches in face, staples in head , broken hand , torn knee. 20 second more and Sergio stopped in greatest comeback ever. Props to both guys. Sergio couldn't get jr out of there and used every trick in his book. Jr has nothing to be ashamed of.

amayseng says:

to be honest it wasnt a competitive fight at all for 11 rounds until that headbutt had sergio concussed and foggy to be vulnerable in the 12th round to be caught and dropped..

no bs about it either, head butts are sometimes worse than punches and that butt put sm in a position to be taken advantage of it was the best blow jr landed all night..

jr is too big and slow, plodding with no agility to fight an elite mw, he cant keep up, i think he can do some damage at smw, although not against ward or froch but maybe some other fights are there for him.

sm broke his hand and prob tore that knee up going down in the last round, but wow,

what a boxing clinic the 37 year old put on...i think he broke that left hand mid fight, started tossing it out there and not blazing it in at jr with vigor like early in the fight.

i read canelo beat lopez like a drum, heard the weight and size was too much to overcome, that fight should have never happened...

riverside says:

i was wrong, wished junior would have started his pressure earlier, Martinez fought a smart fight never tried to engage junior. hey, did you guy's see Papa chavez look under his chair for his tequlia when Martinez went down. it is was it is.

amayseng says:

i was wrong, wished junior would have started his pressure earlier, Martinez fought a smart fight never tried to engage junior. hey, did you guy's see Papa chavez look under his chair for his tequlia when Martinez went down. it is was it is.


see i just dont understand how you can see or think that jr didnt start pressure until late in the fight....it makes no sense....jr was attempting to pressure martinez from the beginning but was unsuccessful...at times sm was walking jr down and back because jr was getting hit and hurt...

jr was not capable of doing what he wanted because of sm, not because of jr..

ultimoshogun says:

What a wild finish, I'm down for a rematch if they decide to do it. After the 12 rd, I bet quite a few people were left with that "what if" feeling after Junior decided to blitzkrieg Sergio. Could be a different fight if he did that right out the gate. BTW, amayseng, that head butt happened in the 10 rd and had no effect on what happened in round 12.

brownsugar says:

Chavez didn't have the skill, experience, or footwork to trap Martinez any earlier, and when he did close the distance in the earlier rounds Martinez taught the young'n to respect his elders with superior infighting. Martinez had Chavez trained to be very careful if he even dreamed that he wanted to lay hands on Papa Martinez. Martinez gave Chavez a shellacking with the licking stick of speedy combos and asute footwork until Chavez managed to defiantly snatch the licking stick away in the final round and administer a few lumps of his own.
I had said Martinez would win by a wide margin or TKO,
But I also said I hoped Chavez would finish the fight in a way that would make his peeps proud.
Surprisingly I was right on both accounts.
Chavez showed better defense at the expense of his offense. he picked off punches well, can't still hit on the run.
If Chavez opened up any earlier, Martinez would have surely completely closed at least one eye... and partially closed the other.
Chavez did his best, but could he survive another rehydration process to make weight for the rematch? ...... can he depend on Martinez breaking a hand and leaving himself open again?
At any rate,.. Chavez has to be given a slightly better chance if a rematch is approved... basically because Martinez's age may start to catch up with him. But I'll roll the dice with Martinez again... and spend another night sitting on the edge of my seat.

dino da vinci says:

see i just dont understand how you can see or think that jr didnt start pressure until late in the fight....it makes no sense....jr was attempting to pressure martinez from the beginning but was unsuccessful...at times sm was walking jr down and back because jr was getting hit and hurt...

jr was not capable of doing what he wanted because of sm, not because of jr..


Thank you.

the Roast says:

I said Jr. would be in way over his head and he was. Martinez broke his hand and tore up his knee, reportedly. It's going to be a while before the Champ heals up. If I were Sergio, I'm done with Chavez Jr. Aint gonna be no rematch. The Kid is huge for a middleweight. Nothing to gain by fighting again. Time to talk some serious smack and lure Canelo Alvarez up to 160. Sergio is getting to the end of the road. Sergio could make a lot of money by fighting the young Mexican icon and I'd pick him to win. Let Jr move up to 168 and brawl with Kelly Pavlik. Winner gets Froch. There would be blood and money everywhere!!

puncher says:

I said Jr. would be in way over his head and he was. Martinez broke his hand and tore up his knee, reportedly. It's going to be a while before the Champ heals up. If I were Sergio, I'm done with Chavez Jr. Aint gonna be no rematch. The Kid is huge for a middleweight. Nothing to gain by fighting again. Time to talk some serious smack and lure Canelo Alvarez up to 160. Sergio is getting to the end of the road. Sergio could make a lot of money by fighting the young Mexican icon and I'd pick him to win. Let Jr move up to 168 and brawl with Kelly Pavlik. Winner gets Froch. There would be blood and money everywhere!!


If he is as good as he says ...let the winner fight Ward...then you will see Jr get busted up AGAIN!

mortcola says:

Thank you.


I still blame Jr. See, its not either or. Yes, Martinez shut him down. And, no, Chavez did not TRY anything other than following around - no new angles, no change of pace - didn't even throw to the body much, even though he was effective the few times he did. A combination of effort and programming is the issue - Chavez has matured into a tough, hard hitting fighter, but he has one gear and no imagination at all. Other guys pushed it with the speedy Martinez, took chances, let themselves look foolish. Chavez could have done in the earlier rounds what he did in the 12th. It wouldn't have been as effective when Martinez was still fresh, but that would still have been the FIGHT PLAN. Maybe Jr really was undertrained, underfocused. I don't know. But that was a non-effort for 11 rounds. A rematch might be called for because a single moment of drama actually means something in boxing, and because if they fight again Chavez will know that a hungry and varied attack is exactly what he needs, and he'll have more time to do it. But does he "deserve" it? I say he took his lumps, but he didn't fight like a champion defending his title or his honor. He fought like a journeyman who had a single moment of inspiration. That ain't enough.

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