Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) impressed many boxing fans with his performance against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sept. 15, dethroning the then undefeated WBC middleweight champion.
For the most part, it was a one-sided beatdown, as Martinez controlled the first 11 rounds of their encounter with his superior technique.
Chavez Jr. turned things around during the final round of their 12-rounder, but it was too little too late. He floored Martinez once, but he wasn’t able to put the Argentine away.
“JC Jr.” immediately demanded a rematch after the embarrassing loss, and Martinez doesn’t mind granting him his wish. However, “Maravilla” doesn’t think things will go much differently if the two meet again.
“Really Chavez Jr. doesn’t deserve a rematch,” Martinez explained. “He gave his title to me easily in the first fight, but if he wants to be fractured and beaten up really badly then we can have another fight.”
Given how dominant Sergio Martinez was against Chavez Jr., he’ll obviously be a huge favorite leading up to a rematch. However, it wouldn’t be wise to count Chavez out.
For some reason, the Mexican refused to engage during his Sept. 15 bout against Martinez, instead trying to out-box the superior boxer. In a way, he made things worse for himself by waiting for Martinez to get his shots off first, and the fight would have been a lot more competitive if he bit down his mouth piece and aggressively pushed the pace.
While a decent amount of boxing fans don’t seem particularly interested in a rematch between the two, I personally like the idea, as I don’t think Chavez Jr. fought anywhere close to his true potential. The 26 year-old plans to make some serious changes before his next outing, and he’s even contemplating a split from long-time trainer Freddie Roach.
Sergio Martinez is currently set to defend his WBC middleweight title against Martin Murray on April 27 in Argentina, so the earliest a rematch between the two can happen is late 2013. Of Course, Chavez Jr. still has to deal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as he tested positive for marijuana after his fight against Martinez.
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