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Roach: Chavez Jr. could have beaten Martinez if he started earlier

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Sergio MartinezBy Scott Gilfoid: Freddie Roach still feels Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could have knocked Sergio Martinez if only Chavez Jr. had started a little earlier int he fight with his offensive attack. It kind of reminds me of old fisherman talking about the big fish that got away. If only, he would done this or that, he would have caught that prize-winning fish. Roach is the way.

Roach said to Radio Raheem “If we could have done that [fighting hard] in the 6th and we would have knocked this guy out.”

Roach went onto say that the reason Chavez Jr. didn’t do this, he felt, was because Chavez Jr. was afraid to gas out if he had started strong earlier in the fight. I’m sorry, I don’t buy it. If Chavez Jr. had started early with his offense, Martinez would have knocked him out because he wouldn’t have been fighting with a broken left hand like he was from the 5th round on, and that would have made things easy for him.

It’s sad when you see a fighter wishing they could change the past by playing the ‘what if’ game. It’s a waste of time. Chavez Jr. lost that fight because he was facing a better fighter, and if Chavez Jr. had started fighting all out in the early rounds, he would have either run out of gas like Roach talked about or he would have been knocked out by running into something big from Martinez.

It was a lose-lose situation for Chavez Jr. no matter what direction he went in. He didn’t have the talent to beat Martinez and the end result was he got schooled. I just wish Roach would come to terms with Chavez Jr’s loss and not dream about what could have been if Chavez Jr. done this or done that. It’s so sad.

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