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Predictions: Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Sergio Martinez meets Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a middleweight title fight showdown on Saturday night on pay per view. Here are some picks:
Greg Logan, Newsday: "There was a time when promoter Lou DiBella said he wouldn't put Sergio Martinez in a ring with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. because it would be unfair for Chavez. But in the absence of other credible opposition, the combination of Chavez's record and marketability obviously was too good to pass up. It might not be as lopsided as DiBella originally feared, but I expect Martinez to dominate on his way to a TKO 8."
Holt McCallany, actor, Lights Out: "Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has looked impressive in recent wins over tough Irishmen John Duddy and Andy Lee but Sergio Martinez is the hardest puncher in the division. Look for Chavez Jr. to suffer the first defeat of his career by late-round KO."
Marcus Henry, Newsday: "Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been protected for much of his career, keeping his record undefeated against mostly underwhelming competition. He was solid against Andy Lee and did post a nice win against Sebastian Zbik, but I don't think he has the defense or the chin to withstand the power of Sergio Martinez. Martinez's easy wins against Serhiy Dzinziruk, Paul Williams and Kelly Pavlik proves he's ready for the big time. Martinez wins in a late-round stoppage."
Mario Gonzalez, Newsday: "Looking forward to seeing this fight. These two seem to genuinely not like each other. That being said...I think experience will be the deciding factor in this one. I think the elder Martinez is the smarter and more fit boxer and he'll use that to his advantage. I'm going with Martinez by 10th-round stoppage."
Chris Algeri, undefeated Long Island contender: "I go with my countrymen, Sergio Martinez. I pick experience over youth in this instance. I think the speed difference will be apparent from the outset and Martinez will sweep the first few rounds. Chavez size and body punching pressure will start to take over in middle rounds. Martinez is a special type of champion and will find another gear as Junior begins to slow due to weight cut and wins a very close but clear cut unamimous decision."
Jeff Mayweather, former pro and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s uncle: "Martinez in a tough one early but I think he will pull it out late. He will outsmart Chavez not, outfight him."
Jose Rivera, former welterweight champion: "Martinez experience is the deciding factor. Martinez by TKO."
Bobby Cassidy, Newsday: "This is definitely a worthwhile fight. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been gaining confidence and attempting to shed the label of being a protected fighter. I thought Matthew Macklin gave Sergio Martinez a very hard time in New York and I think it proved that Sergio is not invincible. But I don't think Chavez Jr. is quite there yet. He hasn't faced a fighter of Sergio's caliber and when the championship rounds arrive, Sergio is at his best. He will wear Chavez down and win by an 11th-round TKO."