Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
When: September 15, 2012 - HBO pay-per-view
Why: WBC Middleweight Title
WBC middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will face Sergio Martinez on September 15 in Las Vegas, for the right to be called the true middleweight champion of the world. The former champion Martinez, was stripped of his title after refusing to face his mandatory match up in Sebastian Zbik. He was stripped of his title and Zbik became the interim champion, facing Chavez Jr. in 2011 to unify the title. Chavez Jr would win via unanimous decision and for the better part of a year and a half since then, both fighters have been trash talking back and forth.
Sergio Gabriel Martinez: For over a year, Sergio Martinez has publicly denounced the current WBC Middleweight title holder and has stated on numerous occasions that Chavez Junior was a "coward who did not deserve to wear the WBC belt until he fought the real Middleweight Champion, "Maravilla Martinez".
The 37-year-old Martinez has been waiting for a fight of this magnitude for quite some time, and his camp is expecting the absolute best out of him. The left-handed slugger also has a very impressive record, having gone 49-2-2 on the professional level over the course of the past 15 years.
Martinez is one of the most gifted athletes in the sport and possesses above average hand speed. He also possesses the kind of power that enabled him to win the 2010 ESPN “Knockout of the Year” award by flattening Paul Williams in two rounds. Sergio’s ability to fight with his hands held at his waist, so he can load up on his shots while circling and at times even standing directly in front of his opponent, is fascinating to watch.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: The talented 26-year-old, Chavez Jr. has compiled an impressive 46-0 record over the course of a relatively short amount of time and the son of probably the greatest Mexican fighter ever, showed rapid improvement under the tutelage of five-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach. It has not been a easy road for Chavez Jr., with two consecutive bouts against Matt Vanda in 2008, that can be contested the toughest tests in the career and the fact that he emerged victorious in both is a testament to his boxing talent. Also a fight against Andy Lee in June of this year, tested the mettle of the young yet incredibly experienced Middleweight, and Chavez Jr. once again emerged victorious.
Junior, who grew up surrounded by wealth and privilege, certainly doesn’t fight like a trust fund baby. His lunch pail fighting style is highlighted by a signature brutal body attack. His strong set of whiskers and weight advantage—he will probably outweigh Martinez by at least fifteen pounds on fight night—makes him a formidable foe.
Opening Boxing Lines at Bookmaker Sportsbook - Sergio Martinez ( -220 ) Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. ( +180 ).
The current WBC Middleweight championship boxing line has Sergio Martinez as the boxing favorite at -220, meaning you have to risk $220 to $100. Chavez Jr. is this fights underdog, that has value at +180, meaning that for every $100 bet you will win $180. Current odds.
Total Rounds Betting
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds. The current total rounds betting line has the Over 9.5 Rounds ( -240 ). Meaning that if you think the fight is going to go to at least 10 rounds for you to win your bet. You will need to bet $240 to win $100. The Under 9.5 Rounds ( +200 ), meaning you need to risk $100 to win $200.
The opening line on Sergio Martinez Vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Over/Under is at 9.5 Rounds with the Over at -240 Odds at Bookmaker.eu.
The September bout against Argentinian Sergio Martinez should be very exciting for boxing fans, and the careers of both fighters will be heavily affected by the outcome. Chavez Jr. has been weighing in the neighborhood of 180 for his last five bouts, and that definitely is light heavyweight and above dipping into the cruiserweight division. Martinez is probably correct that he’s more of a junior middleweight fighting at middleweight than a true middleweight. He’s not someone that boils down from 180 like Chavez Jr. and then rehydrates back to 180 after making weight. Martinez easily makes the 160 pound weight limit, and then puts on a few puts at the most to fight in the region of 163. Him facing a guy over 180 is going to be asking a lot of him, but Martinez can definitely win because he’ll be much faster the flat-footed Chavez Jr.
Pick: Take Martinez to win the fight going the full 12 Rounds.
Sergio Martinez, had the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. well under control heading into the twelfth and final round. At least, that's how it seemed.
In the last round Chavez, cracked him with a right hand that shook Martinez's legs, Martinez tried to fire back only to get caught again and crash to the canvas. He was able to climb to his feet and avoid the ten-count and young Chavez Jr. charged forward, pouring every ounce of effort he had left in his body into trying to get the finish.
But Chavez Jr. couldn't quite close the show like the father, and Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez won a wide unanimous decision over challenger and Mexican fan-favorite Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Official scores for the Chavez vs. Martinez fight were 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109 for Martinez.
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