August 30th, 2012 By RingTalk
Sacramento, CA- If you would have told me back in 2010 that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had even a slight chance of defeating middleweight (160 lb.) king Sergio Martinez, I would have laughed in your face. In fact, if you would have told me there was a chance the two would meet in the squared circle at all, I would have repeated the action.
ARUM COULD SMELL ONCE MISMATCH IN THE MAKING!
Julio’s promoter Bob Arum seemed terrified at the thought of putting his new cash cow in the ring with the man who had just obliterated Paul Williams in less than two rounds in a rematch of their 2009 fight/heist in which William was the beneficiary of some scoring that still stinks today!
SERGIO WAS FIGHTING & DEFEATING BETTER GUYS!
While Martinez was fighting those in the middleweight upper echelon like Williams, Kelly Pavlik, and Sergei Dzinziruk, Chavez was pummeling cab drivers and controversially getting the nod against a decent fighter in Sebastian Zbik. Sergio looked poised to join Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez as one of the best fighters of the current generation.
HAS MARTINEZ LOST A STEP?
He still deserves to be mentioned in that conversation, though he has not looked quite as impressive as of late. Maravilla appeared to be a bit out of his comfort zone in his last fight against Matthew Macklin, and even more so against Darren Barker. Granted, the Argentine has still managed to score late round stoppages, but not without absorbing a fair share of blows.
JULIO IS CRUDE & STRONG!
Chavez is not as technically sound as Macklin or Barker, but he makes up for it with his superb body punching and solid chin. Sergio’s age has begun to show a bit, and it is unclear whether his 37 year old body will be able to stand up to the constant assault of the now-more experienced Chavez.
ONE MUST ADMIT, CHAVEZ HAS IMPROVED!
Martinez is quicker and has more technical ability than Julio, but the proud son of Mexico’s great legend has the size advantage and certainly has a decent chance of pulling off an upset. Julio has shown vast improvement in his battering of sturdy men like Peter Manfredo Jr., Marco Antonio Rubio and Andy Lee.
CREDIT ARUM, HBO, WBC TOO!
While Chavez’ promoter Bob Arum is generally, if not in a great number as a negative force in the sport of boxing, (Team Pacquiao implys Arum is holding up the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight) he would seemingly deserve credit for setting up a very intriguing fight that most observers believed would never happen, but in reality HBO PPV and the WBC were pushing him hard, thus he had to agree to the match.
NOT THE MARTINEZ “ROUT” ONCE ENVISIONED?
Sergio has cracked iron chins before, and could very well do so again on September 15th. Even if Maravilla does put Julio on the canvas for the full ten-count, from recent fights, he will have his hands full with the Mexican warrior until that time comes.