While it’s not necessarily hard to say that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is a pretty good fighter who is successfully slowly filling his father’s shoes, his perfect record of (45-0-1) still lacks serious competition.
On June 16, 2012 Chavez Jr. will face his biggest challenger yet in Andy Lee (28-1-0), who—despite sharing the fact of lacking bigger names on his record—is considered a dangerous fighter by many.
Both fighters are a year apart in age, and both have a lot to gain if they come out a winner. Having said that, according to Fightnews.com, it seems that Chavez Jr. has already secured the blockbuster fight of his career thus far by signing to fight Sergio Gabriel Martinez (49-2-2) in September of this year. Of course, in order to make that fight a reality, a victory against Lee is a must.
Boxing fans have been eagerly waiting to see how Chavez Jr. does against bigger, stronger and more experienced competition, and now it may finally come true. All fighters have to be “put to the test,” and Martinez is that very ultimate test for Chavez Jr.
For Chavez Jr., a victory against Martinez would skyrocket his career to new highs, and open doors to bigger blockbuster fights. For Martinez, a loss would be devastating, and the criticisms will tear his name to pieces.
Having said all that, whilst I am very excited to see them fight, I truly don’t believe that Chavez Jr. is ready for Martinez just yet. I do think that Chavez Jr. is a very good fighter with impressive technical skill and other remarkable attributes, and surely there is a big, successful future for him in boxing, but I just don’t see what he could do in the ring against Martinez that would prevent him from his executing his game plan.
Who do you think would come out a winner in that fight?