If you let Sergio Martinez tell the story, the only reason WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is in the position he’s in is because of his name. Chavez Jr. is the son of former Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
Martinez (pictured) hasn’t tried to hide his disdain for Chavez.
“It is very simple. I cannot accept the fact he is world champion,” Martinez said. “The only reason he is world champion is because he is Julio César Chávez Jr., the son of the legend and his mouth is so big – even bigger than his own brain and he’s talking too much.”
Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) will meet Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) on September 15 live on HBO pay-per-view at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas for the latter's middleweight championship.
Chavez Jr. hasn’t been shy about expressing his feelings for Martinez. “I know he has a big mouth and on September 15 I am going to shut him up once and for all,” said Chavez Jr.
As for the claims that he has been hanging on to his father’s coat tails, Chavez Jr. believes he has made his own way in the ring.
Said Chavez Jr.: “I can’t help that people say that stuff about me. I am the son and that is who I am. He is my dad, but little by little I have proven myself. I have proven it in the ring. You have seen what I have done in the ring the past few fights. You can’t take that away from me – my victories and my championship.”
It wasn’t the easiest fight to make, according to Martinez’s promoter Lou DiBella. DiBella believes Chavez Jr. being held back from fighting Martinez earlier was done intentionally. DiBella complimented Top Rank for its handling of Chavez Jr.
“The only roadblock to getting this fight done was they didn’t think Chávez Jr. was ready – and that was good promotion and management,” said DiBella. “Chavez Jr. is now bigger. He looks like a different guy now – he’s grown up.”