Sergio Martinez: It’s embarrassing that Chavez Jr. is a world champion
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO’s) thinks it’s bad for the sport to have Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO’s) as the World Boxing Council 160 pound champion because Martinez doesn’t feel that Chavez Jr. deserves having the title and thinks he’s just been given it due to his father being a famous former world champion.
Martinez said “It’s a farce that Junior is world champion. It’s embarrassing.”
That’s been Martinez’s theme for months now, as he sees Chavez Jr. as someone that was basically hanged the title by the WBC after they quickly stripped Martinez of his WBC title a year ago and gave it to Sebastian Zbik, a decent but hardly great fighter. Chavez Jr. then fought Zbik and beat him by a controversial decision to win the WBC belt. Since then it’s been Chavez Jr. beating lighter fighters like Peter Manfredo Jr., Margo Antonio Rubio and Andy Lee.
Martinez continued with his observations about Chavez Jr. when watching his latest victory over Andy Lee, saying “There’s a different rhythm, a different level of intensity. He only throws hooks with his left. He never even threw a jab.”
Whether Chavez Jr. deserves to be the WBC champion or not he still is technically the champion and it’s going to be up to Martinez on Saturday to prove his theories about Chavez Jr. being merely a paper champion. Martinez is going to have deal with Chavez Jr’s weight advantage, which would be as much 20 pounds if he comes into the fight over 180. Chavez Jr. has looked awfully big lately and even now a week before the fight, he still looks huge now that he’s starting to trim off weight to get down to 160 to make weight.
There are a lot of boxing fans that are wondering whether Chavez Jr. will fail to make weight for this fight. I think it’s definitely possible that he could come over the limit and lose his WBC title on the scales.