Nearly every fight these days is considered a “Fight of the Year” candidate.
That notwithstanding, the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout, set for September 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on HBO Pay-Per-View, could be a great one. Martinez (pictured right), considered one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world, has been angling for a fight with Chavez Jr. for nearly two years.
To say there is no love lost between the two middleweights is such a gross understatement it shouldn’t be repeated.
Neither fighter has been at a loss for words.
“I want to prove that I am the best middleweight in the world and I will beat Sergio Martinez on September 15 to prove it,” said Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs). “It will be a great night of boxing, a great night for boxing, and a great night of celebration for México as we will celebrate Independence Day and my great victory.”
Chavez Jr, the WBC middleweight champ and the son of hall-of-famer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., although confident, was respectful of Martinez.
“This is a real fight between the two best middleweights in the world and won that history will remember for a long time,” said Chavez Jr.
Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), on the other hand, seems to be out for blood.
Said Martinez: “There is no way Chavez Jr. can beat me. I will knock him out inside seven rounds. I gave his father a baby bottle [Tuesday] so he can take it to his baby after I give Junior a real beating. He won’t be eating solid food with the few teeth remaining after I get through with him.”
There is no doubting the ability each fighter has, but could Chavez Jr. be at a disadvantage? Chavez Jr. could have stamina issues, considering his last fight –a seventh-round knockout of Andy Lee– was on June 16. With just three months to prepare for Martinez, he could be at a disadvantage.
Martinez, on the other hand, emerged victorious over Matthew Macklin last March, was actually knocked down in the seventh. It wasn’t the first time Martinez has tasted the canvas, so his chin may come into question against Chavez Jr., who has 32 knockouts.