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Sergio Martinez Lands The Big One–Baby Chavez Jr

The much avoided, can’t get no Rodney Dangerfield respect Sergio Martinez finally landed his big bout with Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Of course Junior has his own view of the match after finally securing a legacy bout he hopes use to put his howling critics into permanent internment.

Happy to Fight

Happy to Fight

September 15th at the Thomas & Mack Center is the place to be for the fireworks, and there should be plenty of rockets and bazooka shots on display between these two. Martinez has promised to blast the diapers off of Chavez before sending him bawling back to El Padre Sr. All the while Junior is chomping at the bit to show off his new cut to the bone physique and sporty form last featured in a spectacular combination that knocked out Andy Lee. 

I would have to note that the 37 year old Martinez has shown near peak form in 4 consecutive KTFOs of Paul Williams, Serhiy Dzinziruk, and British fighters Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin, all in all fighters a grade above than the competition that Chavez Jr has fought. El Maravilla comes into this bout with an impressive career record of 49-2-2, 28 KO. The only fighter who ever really handled Martinez was 20 year old Antonio Margarito who put on his fear inducing walk’em down and blast’em to smithereens style to destroy him in a classic boxer/slugger matchup.

There’s no shame in losing to Margarito who was well on his way to a decade long Ring ranking, culminating in a Ring belt Belt and P4P rating. Martinez returned to Argentina like so many great Argentines before him to hone his style and skills to perfection before returning to the States with great success.

The 26 year old Chavez counters with consecutive wins over Sebastian Zbik, Peter Manfredo Jr, Marco Antonio Rubio, and Andy Lee, surging performances that makes out his promoter, Bob Arum as being a genius for showing patience enough to ignore the critics to give Chavez the proper boxing development, currently at 46-0-1, 32 KO. Now the promotion has the proper forward push as befits one of the few big fight events this year.

It must be mentioned that Junior comes into the fight with a sullied reputation down to testing positive for diuretics a few years back, typically used by athletes to cut weight. Recently there were reports of him missing or delaying a couple of mandatory post fight drug tests in his last two Texas fights. A few of his opponents have claimed that the scales were tampered with to get him under the steadily rising limits as he has grown from his 130 lb, 17 year old debut to a 180+ lb fighting weight middleweight, meaning that he gains an incredible 20+ lbs from the weighin to the next night of the fight.

That’s one of the biggest fight night weight gains in boxing and one never knows when the body might rebel against the torture of reducing and then regaining that amount of weight in advance of severe competition. Junior also had multiple DUI charges leveled against him during the Rubio training camp, so we can’t know how dedicated he truly is to this fight. He has always seemed to be in pretty good overall condition, but Martinez is a big step up and could expose a lack of dedication.

Chavez Jr fought Andy Lee in one of the smallest rings you’ll ever see in a championship bout, looking to be about 16′ square compared to the usual average of about 20′ square. The details of ring conditions were not released for this upcoming fight as far as I know yet, but a small ring gives more advantage to Junior who will be the bigger, stronger, younger fighter looking to leverage those assets against Martinez who is a smaller, more traditionally sized middleweight. Martinez will have to use fast footwork and combinations to move around and get in and out of Junior’s typically up close range he likes to fight at.

Junior is probably about as strong Kelly Pavlik whom Martinez outpointed thanks to a cut that was poorly attended to by the Pavlik team, so this fight may well resemble that fight initially. Thing is, Pavlik is much taller and rangier and punches much harder than does Junior, so he was more dangerous to fight and took a lot out of Martinez who was losing on the cards before Pavlik was cut.

I’m thinking Martinez will conduct a careful survey of himself and Junior before picking his spots to launch his chin cracking tests. Thus far Chavez has scarcely been fazed by a hard punch. Passing the Rubio test did a lot for everyone’s confidence since Rubio is about a hard punching a middleweight you can find.

If Martinez can’t stop Chavez, I’d think he could hang in the pocket all night to outclass him by a wide points victory, but they gots to prove it in the ring, so here we go again:

Who ya got, the highly skilled favorite Sergio Martinez, or the new kid on the block, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr?

Mexico vs Ireland vs El Paso–Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Andy Lee

Saturday, June 16th at the University of Texas at El Paso Sunbowl, the WBC middleweight title held by Julio Cesar Chavez is supposed to be defended against Ireland’s longtime challenger, Andy Lee.

Amazingly the fight was almost cancelled and then relocated because of ongoing turf wars between Juarez drug cartels over routes into El Paso. Reports are that Chavez Jr is also dating a widow of one of the slain cartel members.

The University of Texas chancellor had previously cancelled the fight because of the above problems, but then Texas and El Paso politicians and Bob Arum raised a ruckus big enough to get the fight rescheduled, but without the usual fan fare of beer concessions. I see an old school return to small hip flasks of liquor by thirsty boxing fans. 

The good news is that in theory, local, state, and federal law enforcement will be coordinated in a big show of force to discourage any ill intent by drug cartels.

Still waiting for news of the other shoe dropping in regards to how many boxing fans will brave a blizzard of unfired bullets chambered in a gauntlet of holstered guns to see the popular Chavez Jr fight in person.

Chavez Jr % Andy Lee

Chavez Jr % Andy Lee

One way or another, looks like a fight will be breaking out, so let’s hope it’s the boxers who are both game action oriented fighters. Lee is tall and rangy with good footwork and skills. His power is modest however, as is Chavez Jr who is likely to be the larger, stronger, busier pressing fighter. Lee will be the matador with footwork against the bruising baby bull, but Chavez likes a good fight and punches in bunches whenever he can, so it’s hard to see how Lee can outwork the kid. Lee needs sharp eye catching shots every round to stay in the scoring.

Also notable will be the strategic matchup between HOF trainers Freddie Roach and Manny Steward.

I’m looking for a decision in that regard what with the modest power outputs and solid chins of the fighters, hopefully better than the recent regretable decision rendered in Las Vegas last week when Timothy Bradley upset Manny Pacquiao that has everyone in boxing calling for reform.

Yeah…….right.

We can only pray for the best and hunker down for the worst come what may and El Paso is where the action will be this Saturday, so there it is.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr & Nonito Donaire Usher in The New Year

Mark your calendars for February 4th when boxing’s first big card kicks off the new year in  old San Antone at the Alamodome when Nonito Donaire battles Wilfredo Vazquez Jr for the vacated WBO superbanty title that Vazquez used to own.

WBC middleweight belt holder and Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr may or may not be sanctioned to defend against the extremely dangerous Marco Antonio Rubio, but the fight seems to be on regardless. Basically WBC El Jefe Jose Sulaiman is in a feud with Bob Arum over some such silly comments each has made about the other recently, so we’ll have to see if these two old frogs can kiss each other into princes again for the belt to be officially on the line.

The Presser

The Donaire/Vazquez fight is the intriguing one since Donaire is a Ring ranked P4Per moving up to his superbanty debut after a spectacular 2011, knocking out Ring P4Per Fernando Montiel and shutting out undefeated Argentinean legend Omar Narvaez.  

Vazquez Jr was the amazing son of a Puerto Rican legend making his 3rd defense of his title when upset by the even more amazing Jorge Arce last year, so 2012 is his comeback year. Punching is his signature, winning all his title fights by spectacular KO until being knocked out in the last round by Arce who made their encounter into a dogfight. Vazquez had his moments and now knows what to expect from this elite level. While I expect Donaire to prevail, he better be at his best for this or else.

I am truly astounded that Bob Arum is risking a future projected superbout and Chavez Jr’s undefeated record against a dangerous puncher in Rubio. It takes the size, strength and chin of a Kelly Pavlik to take the fight to Rubio without being knocked out. Rubio can also be outboxed by a wary quality boxer, none of the above the sort of traits the much maligned Chavez is known for.

Junior is as game a fighter in boxing today, fighting hard against prospects and fringe contenders as he was slowly rounding into championship shape. While he hits hard enough for respect, the knockout is not his specialty any more than sublime boxing skills are. His dedication to his craft and conditioning have been suspect in the past, but moving up to the middleweight division seems to have suited him perfectly. His trainer Freddie Roach must see a quality gemstone in this rough diamond to have tutored him all these years, so Rubio is the next step in the development.

David Lemieux was an up and coming knockout artist and contender being fast tracked to a title shot before he was mistakenly matched with Rubio last year. Rubio took some wicked shots and didn’t seem long for this world, but Lemieux’s weakness was his youth, 23 years, and lack of rounds, only 65 rounds in the bank due to his ferocious early round stopping power. When the steam ran out and he had to start moving in reverse, the wily ring veteran walked him down and finally got him with a right behind the ear that took his legs out and crashed the back of his noggin into the turnbuckle. Ricky Hatton couldn’t come back from his heading of the turnbuckle in the Floyd Mayweather Jr fight either, so perhaps Lemieux can get back into the mix once he gets his training issues sorted.

Chavez seemingly does have his training issues sorted with a solid 211 rounds in the boxing bank and having stepped up his recent competition. His biggest unknown will be the same as Lemieux’s though, never having faced a big puncher. Additionally he gets hit much more than Lemieux who has quick feet and defensive moves to go with his power.

At any rate, it’s a quality set of action style match ups to kick off the new year, so catch it if you can.