The Ring and WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez defeated Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. by a unanimous decision to win the WBC middleweight title on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite fighting with a broken left paw for roughly 24 minutes, Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs), the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” who is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the third preeminent pound-for-pound boxer in the world, utterly outclassed the 26-year-old Chavez (46-1-1-1, 32 KOs) for 11 rounds.
However, the man nicknamed “The Legend Goes On” because he is the son of iconic pugilist Julio Caesar Chavez showed a tremendous amount of testicular fortitude and managed to floor and badly stagger the athletic Argentinean with a ferocious left hook with 90 seconds remaining in the 12th.
“His hand was broken, he got knocked down, his knee was messed up, but he got up and he didn’t look to hold. He looked to fight,” said Martinez promoter Lou DiBella, 52, a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School. “Sergio Martinez is a man’s man. He could have held and grabbed Chavez, or just stay away, but that is not who he is. He wanted to fight to the end and knock the kid out.”
As a southpaw with a bummed hand, the 37-year-old Martinez, who also dabbled professionally as a cyclist and soccer player and only began boxing at the late age of 20, had virtually zero chance to knock Chavez onto Queer Street.
Nevertheless, Martinez, who has long been actively involved in domestic violence and anti-bullying causes, fought brilliantly using fast lateral movements to neutralize Chavez’s size and power advantages.
Considering Chavez valiantly rallied and gave fans one of the most dramatic endings in recent boxing history, it’s fair to claim that a rematch should be made.
Unfortunately for Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., a healthy Sergio Martinez would easily “knock the kid out.”by