Ever since Sergio Martinez captured the WBC middleweight title by defeating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sept. 15, he’s made it clear that doesn’t mind giving the Mexican a rematch.
However, Martinez recently revealed that he doesn’t think Chavez Jr. deserves a rematch, promising to be even more dominant if the two ever fight again.
Chavez Jr. didn’t appreciate Martinez’ statement, and he thinks the Argentine is simply looking for a way to avoid a second fight.
“Martinez is afraid. He’s knows that I’m going to knock him out,” Chavez Jr. fired back, per Boxingscene.com. “That’s why he won’t give me a rematch.”
Definitely one of the silliest statements I’ve heard in a while.
Martinez’ Sept. 15 fight against Chavez Jr. was as dominant as it gets in boxing, as “Maravilla” controlled the first 11 rounds of their encounter with ease, winning every single round on my scorecard.
To be fair, Chavez Jr. did hurt Martinez in the final round, but it was too little too late. Besides, Sergio’s reluctance to back off and work the clock definitely made things easier for Chavez Jr. in the final round.
Sergio Martinez is currently set to defend the WBC middleweight title against Martin Murray on April 27, a bout many boxing fans expect him to win. If he emerges victorious against Martinez, Chavez Jr. will probably be his next opponent.
Besides getting a free boxing lesson during his fight against Sergio Martinez, Chavez Jr. also failed his post-fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana. “JC Jr.” is yet to explain his side of things to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. So if a fight against Martinez in 2013 doesn’t end up happening, it’ll probably be because of his issues with NSAC.
Chavez Jr. would probably do better in a rematch against Martinez — he can’t really do any worse than he did on Sept. 15 — but aggravating “Maravilla” isn’t a smart idea. Martinez has already proven that he’s the better boxer, and Chavez Jr. will have to out-will him if he wants to win a rematch between the two.