Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez - Boxing Legacies on the line!
By Robert Brown, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 6, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
By Robert Brown, Doghouse Boxing. - On September 15th at the Thomas and Mack Centre Las Vegas Nevada,
Argentina’s Sergio Martinez and Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will
face off to determine the best middleweight in the world and possibly
who will be the economic drivers of the sport in terms of revenue,
besides Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
In my opinion this
fight is much more important for Sergio Martinez than it is for Chavez
Jr., because in the eyes of most casual boxing fans Chavez only has to
put in a credible performance to get out of this fight with a pass mark.
Most boxing fans will say “it doesn’t really matter because he is at
least 12 months short in development in being able to successfully
defeat a fighter of the world class caliber of Sergio Martinez”.
Martinez has to dominate Chavez Jr. and possibly even knock him out in a
devastating fashion to draw the PPV revenue that is needed to lure out
the big fish like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, which so far he
In a fight against Chavez Jr., Martinez has the
opportunity to gain notoriety amongst casual and mainstream boxing fans,
of which up until this stage he has remained largely unknown because
even though promoters make the fights, the universal language of money
still controls the sport and if the public demands Martinez gets put in
with the big names... then it's more likely to happen. However, the fact that
Martinez has not aligned himself with one of the bigger promotional
companies has probably not helped his cause. But like I said, that could all change with a victory over Chavez Jr.
In the lead up to this fight,
Martinez has been more talkative and more confronting than against any
of his previous opponents. This may have something to do with him facing
lower level European contenders such as Darren Barker, Matthew Macklin
and Junior middleweights such as Sergiy Dzinziruk and he sees Chavez as
his first genuine threat in a long time. Either way I don’t think this
does Martinez’s marketability or the gate any harm what so ever assuming
of course that Martinez comes out on top.
For Martinez’s sake I
hope that all the talk of him getting into a trade and knocking Chavez
out is just part of the show, because in my opinion he will be playing
into Chavez Jr’s hands and giving Chavez Jr. his only chance to win. If
Martinez boxes, gives angles, uses his speed, counter punches with his
straight left hand over the top of Chavez’s lack defense, I believe he
will win. However, Chavez Jr. is a huge middleweight and comes in to
the ring the size of a light-heavyweight, and if Martinez is stupid
enough to play Chavez Jr’s game, remain a stationary target and stand
and trade with Chavez Jr, Chavez has the opportunity to use his enormous
weight advantage lean on Martinez and eventually wear him down like he
did with Andy Lee.
It's my belief that Martinez is too smart to fall into this trap and will have way too many tools at this stage.
Chavez Jr. can pull off this upset he will finally be able to step out
of his father's shadow, start to carve his own path and in the future
instead of being called son of a legend he might earn legendary status
If Martinez fails to pass this test, he will not
receive the recognition from mainstream media and boxing fans that he
has been seeking. He will not have the bargaining power to force the
Marquee fights against the big names and accept for the hard-core boxing
fans he will retire into relative obscurity.
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