Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez - Boxing Legacies on the line!

Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez - Boxing Legacies on the line!
By Robert Brown, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 6, 2012) Doghouse Boxing

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. - Sergio Martinez
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 has failed.

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.

If 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 himself.

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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