The long-anticipated middleweight championship fight of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Sergio Martinez fight kicked off the press tour last week for their big September 15th match.
Many true fight fans have been eagerly waiting for Chavez to take on a true elite 160-pound fighter, despite his having an undefeated record of 46(32)-0-1.
Sergio Martinez is widely regarded as the MAN at 160lbs and being the former 160lbs WBO and WBC champion and no longer having either belt due to political reasons.
It is pretty impressive that Chavez is taking on Martinez now after few years when many said he would never face Sergio.
Why does this fight mean so much?
First off, the winner of this fight will be an instant household name. Chavez has been riding the fame and prestige of his father's last name and legendary icon status. A legitimately impressive win over Martinez solidifies his own resume and reputation and proves that he is where he is not just because of his legendary father.
If Martinez wins, much of the Mexican and Mexican-American hardcore fanbase will most likely finally embrace the Argentinian fighter who has made home in both Spain and Oxnard, California. Some feel that Martinez has been lacking the strong foundation of an ethnic group of fans, for he has been called a fighter with no home base.
At the same time, this fight promoted by Top Rank promotions will go head to head with Golden Boy Promotions for the second biggest fight date of the year, the September 15th Mexican Independence Holiday. Golden Boy is having their own fight card, with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez defending his title against the (Riverside Rocky) Josesito Lopez, who will be going up two weight classes.
Already, the Top Rank Promotions main event of Chavez vs. Martinez, by far, owns Alvarez vs. Lopez, so this will make Golden Boy stack their under card to make up for the main event.
So far, Golden Boy has announced that Ponce De Leon vs. Jhonny Gonzales will also be on the card, and they will be announcing their WBC featherweight title match Tuesday at noon.
WBC 122-pound champion Abner Mares has been offered a fight on the Golden Boy September 15th card as well, and his management has demonstrated that they are still considering it.
Is it good that the two major promotions company are going head-to-head for the huge Mexican Independence Day fight date?
Well, boxing like any other sport, is all about competition, so if it provides us with better fights from both rival promotions company, then that is always a plus.
You just have to choose wisely on which one you will see live and which one you will you TiVo.