By Clive Bernath; The Mexico/Argentina rivalry is fierce at the best of times but the normally calm and respectful Sergio Martinez has taken his September 15 world title unification battle with young pretender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr to a new level.
The 37 year-old’s animosity seems to stem from the fact unbeaten Chavez Jr, the son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez, was crowned WBC middleweight champion after defeating John Duddy in June 2010 even though Martinez had already dethroned recognized champion Kelly Pavlik two month earlier.
After Chavez Jr was crowned WBC 160lbs champ by the Mexico City based sanctioning body Martinez was installed as WBC ‘Diamond’ champ so it’s no wonder Martinez is a aggrieved?
“It is very simple. I cannot accept the fact he is world champion,” said Chavez regarding his animosity.” The only reason he is world champion is because he is Julio César Chávez Jr., the son of the legend and his mouth is so big – even bigger than his own brain and he’s talking too much"
Martinez also insisted that there will only be one winner on the 15th and that’s him::“Julio César Chávez is fighting Sergio Martínez. Regardless of the preparation of his entire career, it would not make a difference; I will knock him out anyway. I believe that I am No. 2 in this sport, so that is good enough to know that I will beat him. He cannot beat me. He cannot. I don’t really know if there is an easy aspect of him in his fighting, but I know that I am better than him.”
September 7, 2012