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Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina–Sergio Martinez vs Martin Murray

Sergio Martinez has a dream homecoming come true when he puts his considerable ring accolades and WBC middleweight title up for grabs against the undefeated British contender, Martin Murray, 25-0-1, 11 KO. That’s almost a perfect half of the record of Maravilla, currently at 50-2-2, 28 KO. Not only is the paper record is owned by Martinez, but even more so the 50,000-seat Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires where soccer riot rabid boxing fans will be  howling for their legend to put a proper whipping on the dreaded English lackey.

Such fare salves grievous injuries incurred after losing the Falkland Islands to the British decades ago is the way this particular nationalist type rivalry goes. More importantly, the Argentine government is subsidizing this little shindig to the tune of up to 5 million buck$ to bring his title home, a nice tribute to the late blooming boxing star.

Maravilla vs Murray

Maravilla vs Murray

The experience discrepancy is further highlighted with 379 rounds for the 38 year old Martinez, almost triple the 132 pro rounds of Murray. The Martinez rounds over the past few years have been against the best boxing has to offer compared to the domestic oriented Murray who has only fought once out of the UK and only once against a world class fighter when he secured a draw against then world WBA champ, Felix Sturm in Germany in 2011.

Noteworthy are recent British challengers Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker being knocked out in late rounds by Martinez after significant struggles. Could be that Martinez wear and tear may be settling in after these many years of skyhigh Ring ratings as well as channeling the rabid hopes of fellow Argentines for whom he has become the number one sporting star of the entire country.

Martinez is coming off a very close encounter of the damaging kind as evidenced in his last bout against Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Many so called “boxing experts” littering the media and antisocial media websites could never admit that Junior was dishing out some heavy punishment by the end of that bout much in the manner of his old man did to Meldrick Taylor in a truly epic battle. Martinez managed to hear the final bell with a wide decision win, but he was in no better shape than the all busted up Meldrick Taylor save a higher order consciousness and ring savvy that carried him to the end.

A 30 year old fresh boxer type might well be able to explore the recently exposed frailties of Martinez who sported wrecked out leg when he had to come off the canvas in the final round. I’ve heard rumors of shoulder surgery as well. No doubt Murray has a plan in place to box hard and smartly pressure to further exploit vulnerabilities, but as Joe Louis and later on Mike Tyson were fond of paraphrasing, “They all have a plan until they get hit in the mouth.”

Come this Saturday in Argentina, plenty of mouth to be smacked and jaw to be cracked as gum shields and game plans get knocked askew when these two tangle, either for further supremacy or a new legacy with a new sheriff in town.

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?

Preview of Pavlik vs Martinez

By Bobby Mac

A very intriguing middleweight title defense is coming up this Saturday when Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik defends his Ring, WBC, and WBO titles against the WBC junior middleweight champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.

Martinez was the late stand-in for the ailing Kelly Pavlik when Paul William’s expected title challenge to Pavlik at the end of 2009 fell out. Martinez lost a majority decision to Williams in a spirited nontitle middleweight bout that Martinez supporters claim he won. Regardless of the decision, Sergio Martinez won over a lot of fans with his performance, enough to catch the attention of the newly slighted Kelly Pavlik looking to regain his monumental reputation in the boxing world.

Pavlik is making his 6th defense of his titles that he won the hard way back in 2007 when he beat The Man who beat The Man, Jermain Taylor, who Kelly whacked out in the 7th round in thrilling bout. Since then, he has struggled with a career threatening accident when he put his hand through a pane of glass, then was near death in a reaction to treatment from a staphylococcus infection in his hand.

Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik

Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik

Pavlik also struggled somewhat in the ring, unable to replicate thrilling performances against Edison Miranda and Jermain Taylor before taking a near shutout drubbing at the hands Bernard Hopkins in a Light Heavyweight non title catchweight fight. Still, in spite of the adversity, here he is in his 6th defense against the biggest challenge of his career since he first challenged Jermain Taylor.

Sergio Martinez is a fast handed, southpaw Argentinean just now coming into his own at age 35. He will be giving up some significant size and strength against the huge Pavlik, but size and strength is not the Martinez stock in trade although he is plenty big enough. Martinez is a boxer reliant on speed and angles to earn his wins and operates out of a tricky southpaw stance.

Martinez trades with Paul Williams

The Bruising

It’s hard to know how Pavlik will adjust to fighting a southpaw since he has no significant experience with a southpaw at this high level. He was in training to fight Paul Williams who is also a southpaw, so Pavlik will at least have had some previous training accumulated. Likewise, Martinez has no experience against such a big strong, prime, heavyhanded fighter as is Pavlik. Williams was as tall, but more fast handed boxer than slugger and not nearly so physically strong.

It’s that unknown factor that both bring into the fight that makes it so intriguing to me. Usually I have a sense of how the fight is likely to unfold, but I’m coming up blank on this other than to note Pavlik is not likely to be outboxing Martinez who in turn is not likely to be outslugging Pavlik. Kelly should be the favorite, but perhaps not by so much.

I’m hoping for a classic slugger vs boxer fight of the year candidate that both gentlemen are fully capable of delivering. May the best man win.