WBC Title logoWBC Title

Chavez vs Martinez: Sergio Ready for War, Promises Knockout

Sergio Martinez is promising a knockout when he steps in the ring with WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. this saturday night in Las Vegas.
Sergio Martinez is promising a knockout when he steps in the ring with WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. this saturday night in Las Vegas.Al Bello/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 10, 2012

Boxing fans barely have had the chance to catch their breath from Andre Ward's impressive victory this weekend, before pivoting to one of the biggest fights in recent middleweight history this coming Saturday.

WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1 32 KO) will defend his title against The Ring Magazine Champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-1 28 KO) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The war of words between the two men has escalated in recent weeks and has reached a fever pitch as we now enter fight week with the usually reserved Martinez making a bold prediction

"I have everything necessary to win. I'm better fighter, and I'm convinced that I'm going to knock him out before the end of the twelfth round," Martinez told BoxingScene.com

"He probably feels his physical strength and his size and might be a good thing for him, but if he plans to win by being bigger and stronger - he already lost. I am ready for a real war."

Martinez won The Ring Magazine middleweight title in 2010 by dominating Kelly Pavlik. He has not lost since dropping a highly disputed decision to Paul Williams in 2009.

Chavez Jr. has never tasted defeat in a professional ring, though he has not faced anything near the level of opposition Martinez will bring Saturday night.

The fight will be broadcast in the United States on HBO PPV.
 

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices