Martinez Beats Chavez Jr.: Maravilla Left Battered After Dominating Win

Mick AkersAnalyst ISeptember 16, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15:  Sergio Martinez celebrates after defeating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in twelve rounds by unanimous decision for their WBC middleweight title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on September 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Although Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez picked apart Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in their 12-round middleweight title fight Saturday, the newly crowned WBC champ didn't escape the fight unscathed. "Maravilla" suffered torn ligaments in his right knee, a broken left hand and got eight stitches over his left eye and two staples in his head according to

The torn ligaments are thought to require surgery, likely shelving the 37-year-old fighter longer than usual before his next fight.

Although his next opponent is not known at this time, a rematch with Chavez Jr. is being discussed and Top Rank's Bob Arum mentioned that Cowboys Stadium in Texas being a possible site for the rematch.

If "Maravilla" and his handlers feel that a rematch is warranted, then the second bout between the two would likely do even better than the first fight.

The final round where Martinez was almost knocked out will intrigue fans to whether Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs)could finish Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) off if he was more active earlier in the fight.

Martinez showed he was a true warrior and asserted his spot in the top three of boxing's mythical pound-for-pound list with his one sided victory over Chavez Jr.

There is no word on what, if any injuries Chavez Jr. received in the bout, but his face was bruised and swollen in several spots at the post-fight press conference.