Undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1) will be in for the toughest test of his professional boxing career when he defends his WBC middleweight belt against Sergio Martinez (49-2-2) on Sept. 15, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the first time in a while, Chavez Jr. will be the underdog going into a fight, and there’s a solid chance his undefeated reign will come to an end when he faces Martinez. However, his father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. expects his son to shock the world on Sept. 15, and he’s confident the 26 year-old will knock Martinez out.
“Julio is much younger, much stronger, he will have [an army] of Mexicans [at the venue]. All of that will be the difference in the match,” Chavez Sr. said. “They have underestimated my son. I think Julio is hungry for the recognition and respect of everyone who does not believe in him. Martinez has lost two fights and a Mexican [Antonio Margarito] knocked him out! So why can’t my son knock him out? If the Berlin Wall fell and the Twin Towers fell, why can’t Martinez fall as well?”
Chavez Jr. will be the bigger man when the two square up inside the ring, but Martinez will enjoy a two-inch reach advantage. “Maravilla” is also the technically sharper fighter, and it’ll be in his best interest to utilize his range.
Even though Julio Chavez Jr. has been protected throughout his boxing career, it does seem like he’s starting to develop into a legitimate champion. He displayed his solid chin and punching power in his last outing against Andy Lee (the small ring helped), and I do think he has the tools needed to defeat Martinez.
Sergio didn’t exactly have the best performance of his career in his last outing against Matthew Macklin (getting dropped in the seventh round), and the 37 year-old might find himself in serious trouble if he puts up a similar performance against Julio Chavez Jr.
It really comes down to who wants it more on Sept. 15.
Ernesto Castellanos, “Chavez Sr: If Margarito KO’d Sergio, Julio Can Too!”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.