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Chavez Jr. has to improve dramatically to beat Martinez in a rematch

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Sergio MartinezBy Dan Ambrose: Bob Arum, the promoter for former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) is pretty excited about the idea of putting the 26-year-old Chavez Jr. back in with Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) for a rematch in early 2013, possibly at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


Arum might want to think twice about putting Chavez Jr. in that fight if he’s thinking about his long term health. Chavez Jr. needs to improve monumentally before he’s thrown out there with Martinez again, because he little more than just a huge 180+ pound punching bag for 11 rounds until getting lucky in the 12th and dropping Martinez on September 15th of this month. Chavez Jr. a ton of punishment in that fight, and it would likely been a lot worse for him had Martinez not broken his left hand in the 4th round causing him to lighten up on his left hand shots.

Chavez Jr. needs a good defensive coach to work with him so that he can learn how to block some punches and use his feet to get out of the way of Martinez’s big shots instead of just blocking them with his head. Chavez Jr. obviously is trying to pattern his fighting style after his famous father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., but his father at least was good at blocking shots for the most part. He didn’t just lower his head and walk into punches the way that Chavez Jr. has been doing. Of course, Chavez Sr. didn’t outweigh his opposition by huge amounts of weight like his son Chavez Jr., so who knows how Chavez Sr. would have fought if he had a huge weight against everyone he fought during his career.

Chavez Jr. is probably going to be given a light suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his position marijuana test result for the Martinez fight. But after that, Chavez Jr. should look to get some tune-ups against other opposition so that he can work on some technique before facing Martinez a second time. It’s not wise to have Chavez Jr. go back in there with Martinez so soon without being able to improve in other fights. I know Arum is probably looking at the money that can be made for a Chavez Jr-Martinez II rematch if he can make the fight right now, but what good is that if Chavez Jr. is just going to get whipped beyond belief by Martinez for 12 rounds?

Arum should be thinking about Chavez Jr’s future by making sure he learns enough to avoid another beating like last time. That’s what I would do if I were Chavez Jr’s promoter. Of course, if I was just looking to cash out with him, I’d rush back in with Martinez so I could get the money while it’s still there before the boxing public turn sour on the young Chavez Jr.

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