Sergio Martinez cleaned the clock of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but one great rally in the final round for Chavez Jr. has the promoters clamoring for a lucrative rematch, according to Ryan Burton of Boxing Scene.
For 11 rounds, Martinez put on the best performance of his career in a boxing clinic complete with amazing flurries and vicious lefts from awkward angles that brutalized the pretty babyface of 26-year-old Chavez Jr.
In the 12th and final round, Martinez got caught with a powerful straight right and went down for the count after further aggression from Chavez Jr.
With unsteady legs, Martinez continued to slug it out with Chavez Jr. in what became the longest 40 seconds in recent boxing history as fans jumped off their couches yelling for either the bell to hurry up and ring or for Chavez Jr. to jump on him and finish the job.
Ultimately, Martinez survived and won the unanimous decision. Though Chavez Jr. had a great final round, it does not make a great case for a rematch.
Martinez would likely be better challenged elsewhere, but it's hard to imagine a better paycheck at middleweight than the one he made facing the Mexican money printer that is Chavez Jr.
The almighty dollar is just one of the many reasons Martinez will likely take a rematch that is absolutely not necessary.