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Chavez Jr-Martinez undercard takes a big hit, Rigondeaux-Marroquin fight not approved

Guillermo Rigondeaux Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Sergio MartinezBy Chris Williams: The HBO PPV September 15th card headlined by WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez took a major hit earlier today when it was learned that the the best fight on the undercard between WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Robert Marroquin was blocked by a Circuit court ruling in Miami, who forbid the fight from taking place because it hadn’t been approved by Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde.

Without the Rigondeaux-Marroquin fight on the card this is all boxing fans will get to see for $49.99:

Roman Martinez vs. Miguel Beltran Jr
Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
Matthew Macklin vs. Joachim Alcine
Mike Lee vs. TBA

That’s pretty much an empty card aside from the main event, and I don’t see that fight worth $50, not with Chavez Jr. still unproven as a fighter. If he had been beating top guys for many year over and over again without fail, maybe I could see the price being worth it but that’s not the case. Chavez Jr. has only been fighting world class opposition since last year beating them on size, and I’m not all that impressed with the guys that Chavez Jr. has beaten either. He hasn’t faced Gennady Golovkin, Dimitry Pirog or Felix Sturm.

Rigondeaux is probably better off with the Marroquin fight not taking place, because it was going to be a mismatch anyway because Marroquin is a young prospect and not even ranked in the top 15. I don’t know why the fight was made in the first place, other than Marroquin being one of Bob Arum’s Top Rank fighters, which would have made this an in house fight. That’s not good for Rigondeaux to be wasting time fighting 2nd tier fighters when he needs to be taking on the best fighters in the division so that he can keep the pressure on IBF/WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire.

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