On the strength of his prior undefeated record, notoriety and a thrilling 12th Round, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. deserves a rematch with Sergio Martinez.
This was not a controversial decision.
Martinez easily out-boxed Chavez, Jr. for most of the fight. The only rounds I scored for the latter were the sixth, 11th and 12th rounds.
The final round was indeed a 10-8 round because Chavez, Jr. dropped his opponent. But that wasn't enough to give him the fight, or to make the result disputable.
That said, Chavez, Jr. had Martinez in grave danger in the final round. Here is the final round of the bout:
Thanks to Martinez's tremendous heart, and a little fatigue from Chavez, Jr., the former survived the round and won the fight. Chavez, Jr. in no way embarrassed himself, even in being out-pointed. The fact that Martinez possessed superior boxing skills should have surprised no one.
Chavez, Jr.'s only chance to win this fight was by knockout, and he nearly did that in the final round. Because it's feasible that he could perhaps start his assault earlier in a second fight, a rematch would be an intriguing bout.
He literally gave away almost the entire first half of the fight. Being busier and more aggressive could have served him well.
Any result outside of a complete shutout, or an early KO loss should have rendered talk of an immediate rematch. Though his boxing resume has been criticized, Chavez, Jr. was 46-0 with 32 KOs coming in to the fight.
His last four wins came over solid fighters in: Sebastian Zbik, Peter Manfredo, Jr., Marco Antonio Rubio and Andy Lee. He proved he is no slouch by delivering a decent performance against Martinez. He should have effectively shaken any logical disrespect critics have for him.
He was also the WBC Middleweight champion, and like it or not, he has a humongous following in the sport. The fame has been substantiated by solid performances against quality competition, and that total fighting package should make a rematch a no-brainer.
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