A Chavez, Jr. vs Martinez Fight Might Be Closer Than You Think!
By Logan Carver
For the past two years, the middleweight division has been ruled by one man, even without a major sanctioning body title attached to his name. Argentina’s own, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (52-2-2, 27KO’s) is the recognized Middleweight Champion of the world. He earned that right when he dominated Kelly Pavlik for a unanimous decision to become the WBC, WBO, and Ring Champion. However, this would not last long as the WBC would promote Martinez to Emeritus champion in order to make interim champion Sebastian Zbik the full time titleholder prior to his fight with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (45-0-1, 31KO’s) in hopes of giving Chavez, Jr. recognition as it’s middleweight champion. This would indeed pay off as Chavez would go on to win a MD over Zbik. Ever since then, Martinez and fans alike have been calling for Chavez to step up, and challenge the true champion of the division, but despite Martinez being his mandatory, Bob Arum has still been able to keep Chavez away from Martinez claiming Martinez “Wasn’t a PPV Draw”, instead matching him with fringe contenders Peter Manfredo and Marco Antonio Rubio. Now, a lot of fans believe that Martinez would completely dominate Chavez without much resistant, and at first, I must admit, I believed that too but after giving it some deep thought I’m starting to believe this fight won’t be a walk in a park for Martinez. Let me tell you why.
Despite his lackluster resume, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. has good qualities, which include a solid chin and a good set of boxing skills which he showed in his 5th RD TKO win over Peter Manfredo. One of his biggest asset is the huge size advantage he has over many, if not all the top rated middleweights. He may be a middleweight on the scales, but tends to blow up over gaining up to 21½ pounds come fight night. In his latest defense, a UD over Marco Antonio Rubio, Chavez was 10lbs heavier than Rubio coming to the ring at 181lbs making him a cruiserweight. There is two reasons for this, one being that Chavez is not known for his hard work during his training regime, he even got arrested for drunk driving just two weeks before his fight with Rubio. And the second reason is that he’s simply is outgrowing the division and I’m not sure why he and his team aren’t realizing this, they must like the advantage.
And that is why I think Sergio Martinez biggest obstacle will be, not skill wise but the huge weight advantage Chavez will have over him come fight night. Let’s face it, Martinez isn’t a very big middleweight , and though it may look like he’s a devastating puncher with his recent string of KO’s. Now don’t get me wrong, Martinez does have punching power and even though he clearly dominated the bigger Kelly Pavlik (UD), Darren Barker (KO11) he wasn’t able to walk through them like he did against Paul Williams (KO2) or Sergiy Dzinziruk(TKO8), who were both from the smaller weight divisions. With Martinez turning 37 this month, we don’t know how much longer he will be able to do this especially with this tough schedule he continues to fight which includes back to back fights with a World Champion, a former world champion and two undefeated fighters ,and a fight next month with should be champion Matthew Macklin.
With all that said, I still believe Martinez will win the fight by Unanimous Decision if the fight ever happens. In the beginning Chavez will throw more, but Martinez will land the cleaner shots and by round 6-7 Chavez will tire giving Martinez the opportunity to take over the remainder of a fight to pull out the clear decision, but with Chavez, Jr. promoter, I wouldn’t be surprised if somehow all the judges give him the W.