The war of words between Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sergio Martinez is most definitely on. The two pugilists, who will meet Saturday, Sept. 15 live on HBO Pay-Per-View (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), share their thoughts on each other and expose a lack of personal respect that is sure to yield an exciting fight.
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
"Boxing is a turf war. It's about owning the ring, taking the high ground and keeping it, and the better and most prepared fighter will be the one that dictates and controls the action. Martínez has a difficult style but it is up to me to get him -- to fight my fight, not his, and to do that will require that I assert my power and utilize my advantages in youth, stamina, height and reach and pressure him every minute of every round. I have developed the right strategy not just to beat him but to beat him badly. All I need to do when we finally meet is to remain patient and disciplined and stick to the plan and I will win the fight."
"I respect Sergio as a boxer, but not as a person. He has said a lot of things about me that are just not true. He is an ignorant person and a snob; he is underestimating me both as a person and as a boxer and he will pay for it in the ring. It's not distraction for me, but it is a motivation to go in the ring and shut him up once and for all. Who knows if his car was really spray painted during training camp? But I promise he'll be getting a lot of major body work done by me on September 15."
"I respect Chavez's Jr. as a fighter, as it takes a lot of cojones to enter a boxing ring and fight another fighter in the ring. But I do not respect him as a champion. You have certain duties as a champion. You must defend your title against the best and never take the easy road. I believe that Chavez's Jr. has been avoiding me for the past two years and now he has nowhere to go because if he never fought me, he would lose respect from the Mexican fans. I believe the only reason he received a title fight against Zbik is because of his last name and who his father is, and that belt belongs to me because I never lost it in the ring. Chavez's Jr. was supposed to fight me for two years, but kept avoiding the fight. Is this the proper attitude of someone who says they are the middleweight champion? I think not."
"What bothers me is that when someone opens up the record books in twenty years and see Chavez's Jr.'s name after mine, they will assume he beat me because he was next in line because this was Zbik's first defense after he received the title from the WBC. On September 15th it is important for me to take back my title, the WBC middleweight title. This is the same title that many greats have held, like Carlos Monzon, Marvin Haglar, and Sugar Ray Leonard. I feel to keep the integrity of the belt I must defeat Chavez Jr. in spectacular fashion and let him know that this belt is the belt that is to be held by real champions, champions that will not run from fighting the best. I will make sure to leave no doubt in everyone's mind who the real middleweight champion and pound-for-pound one of the best fighters in the world is. And that is Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez."
Can't wait until the fight? '24/7 Chavez Jr./Martinez' episode 2 debuts Saturday, Sept. 8 at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.