When the Sept. 15 bout between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was officially announced, it almost seemed too good to be true. However, both men have stayed true to their word, and it doesn’t seem like either man is willing to back down at this point.
Even before Martinez and Chavez Jr. agreed to fight in September, there’s always been some animosity between the two. However, with only a few weeks until their highly anticipated showdown, both men are clearly turning up the intensity.
“You’re living in a delusion, based on your legendary father,” Sergio Martinez said during a preview of the upcoming episode (the full interview airs on Aug. 25) of Max Kellerman’s ‘Face Off.’ “When are you going to stop believing that? … I will probably make you retire from boxing, because I’m going to beat up. I’m going to hurt you.”
Chavez Jr. – whose WBC middleweight title will be on the line when the two meet – wasn’t rattled by the Argentine’s harsh words, and he made it clear he’d be looking for a knockout.
“I’ll just do my thing,” Chavez Jr. fired back. “I’ll be prepared 100 percent to fight all rounds. That’s the only thing I’ll need to beat him. When I knock you out on Sept. 15, that day I’ll be whoever you want me to be.”
Given the bad blood between these two, I’m pretty confident the fight won’t disappoint.
Martinez may be a slight favorite going the bout, but I don’t think he’ll be able to walk all over Chavez Jr. “Maravilla” will be the technically superior fighter when they meet inside the ring, but he might find himself in trouble if he decides to go toe-to-toe with the undefeated Mexican champion.
Chavez Jr. displayed some serious punching power in his last fight against Andy Lee, and he’ll also have a significant size advantage against Sergio Martinez. If the “heir apparent” is able to slow Martinez down with body shots early in the fight, he just might be able to pull off the upset.
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.