Sergio Martinez: I’m going to make Chavez Jr. suffer
By Allan Fox: Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO’s) states that his purpose on Saturday night is to punish WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO’s), expose him as a paper champion manipulated to the top, and then take his title in their fight on HBO PPV at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Martinez said “You know I’m going to make him [Chavez Jr] suffer. He should get ready to lose his world title belt inside the ring because that’s what’s going to happen.”
Having watched weeks of video of the 26-year-old CHavez Jr’s past fights, Martinez isn’t impressed with his skills and doesn’t take him seriously as an opponent. Martinez just sees Chavez Jr. as an over-sized middleweight who belts down from cruiserweight in order to fight against smaller guys at middleweight. It’s going to be up to Chavez Jr. to try and prove Martinez wrong on Saturday night.
Judging by how he’s been working out in training camp in the recent Chavez Jr-Martinez 24/7 episodes on HBO, I think it’s going to be awfully tough for Chavez Jr. to win this fight on Saturday. Technically, Chavez Jr. is the champion, but you really got to see Martinez as the legitimate champion because the WBC stripped him and then gave his title to Sebastian Zbik. Before that, Chavez Jr’s promoter wouldn’t match him against Martinez. But with the WBC title given to one of the weaker middleweight contenders in Zbik, Chavez Jr. was then positioned to fight him for the title and not Martinez.
This Saturday’s fight boils down to Martinez’s speed, power, experience and overall boxing skills versus Chavez Jr’s huge size for the weight class and youth. Can Martinez’s assets overcome all that weight that Chavez Jr. will be carrying around? 15 to 20 pounds shouldn’t make much of a difference if Martinez’s skills are vastly superior to Chavez Jr. Martinez should still win unless we get a controversial decision like he we saw in Martinez’s first fight with Paul Williams and in his draw with Kermit Cintron.
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