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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?

The Prince & The Pauper, The Tale of Two of Boxing’s Native Sons

Boxing’s closest thing to Mexican royalty, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will be going mano a mano this Saturday against Boxing’s current resident native pauper, Ireland’s John Duddy for one of the WBC’s freshly minted titles, the WBC Silver Belt.

Junior, by way of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, is a chip off the old block of Senior, the Son of the Legend as the promotions go. He’s young, age 24, darkly movie star baby face handsome, undefeated with a 41-0-1, 30 KO with his sole blemish, the draw against Carlos Molina promptly avenged, and Junior is a fringe contender, holding WBC youth, Continental, and Latino titles.

Duddy, by way of Derry, Northern Ireland, is a chip off ye olde Green Shamrock, the Son of the Leprachans of the Emerald Isle. He’s prime, age 31, movie star ruddy red handsome with jagged scar tissue, and once defeated, 29-1, 18 KO, his sole blemish coming against recent middleweight title contender, Billy Lyell. Duddy is also a fringe contender with near identical boxrec ranking to Junior and holder of WBC Continental and IBA middleweight titles.

Even their native flags are near identical:

Mexico

Mexico

 

Ireland

Ireland

Both turned pro in 2003 and have been promoted smartly ever since in their selected ethnic markets, such that this match could easily be conceived by those of a more nationalist bent as Mexico vs Ireland in this season of the world cup.

Critics of the two who are many and quite vocal, insist they are nowhere men, severely lacking in skills, nuance, art, and heart, well protected from the big dogs of the division. The problem with that argument is there are few big dogs in the division they might need protection from. Both have come up against their fair share of prospects and fringe contenders, and Duddy has faced genuine contenders and former champions.

Now is the time chosen to move them along to a real title challenge, and one can only hope it’s the winner who gets that call, but such is not always the case in boxing.

You can safely dismiss the critics for this one as far as the fight goes. Both are decently skilled distance boxers who love nothing more than to end up in a good old fashioned nose to nose slugfest, exactly the mix of styles the casual boxing fan loves that has made these two big ticket sellers in fan friendly fights.

Chavez Jr is the bigger name, and thusly attracted the attentions of Boxing’s current Svengali, Freddie Roach, who assiduously adopted Junior for some 3 weeks of tweaks and fine tuning in advance of the expected pre 4th of July fireworks. That type of grooming alone makes Chavez the favorite, but Duddy’s stiffer competition makes this a close enough fight that you might want to lock away the deed to the family farm in a secure location and handoff the key to the wife.

Chavez vs Duddy

Chavez vs Duddy

Both are also near identical height and reach also, but the intrigue is that both are new to this, the biggest, most acclaimed fight of their careers, so how do they react to the attention and pressure?

My theory is that Junior has been under public pressure from his first day as a pro, being constantly compared to his legendary father, and yet has remained unblemished. Duddy has been under a different pressure, coming up the hard way, slowly building the public acclaim to finally arrive on his biggest stage yet. It’s fair to say that he is the hungrier fighter, and I think he will recognize the rowdy San Antonio boxing crowd in a similar vein to the raucous Irish boxing fans at home.

Everything is pointing to a spirited, hotly contested fight, the kind that can only benefit both fighters no matter the winner. My crystal noggin foresees a Junior victory, perhaps Duddy being a victim of his previous scar tissue. I do see Duddy has having the slight power advantage with perhaps Junior’s chin not yet being properly tested, so this could have a surprising end.

Regardless, it’s Win/Win for the fans, so get ready for a rumble down Olde San Antone Way.