Originally written on North Texas Fisticuffs  |  Last updated 11/2/14
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Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) took back his WBC Middleweight championship belt on Saturday night when he taught the spoiled Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (46-1-1, 32 knockouts) a boxing lesson for eleven and a half rounds. After using his stiff jab the entire fight against the taller and heavier Chavez, Martinez was able to punish him just as he said he was going to do.

From the beginning to the end of the fight, the disrespectful Chavez just plodded forward like a robot, and was just too slow to land any effective punches on Martinez. The slower Chavez just could not handle the hand speed and movement that Martinez had in the ring. It was already known that Chavez was the slower fighter coming into the fight, but the additional slowness probably came from his ridiculous training. Instead of working out in a boxing gym, Chavez chose to work out at 2 or 3 in the morning in the living room of his exclusive rental or just flat out cancelling his training sessions.

After seeing the HBO 24/7 it was apparent that all the things that people have heard about Chavez being fed with a silver spoon in life, it is completely true. He has completely no respect for boxing and people around him. For him to try to compare the divorce of his father and mother to the slums of Argentina that Martinez grew up in is completely ridiculous. Also on HBO 24/7 Chavez is shown getting up around 6pm eating a bowl of cheerios or something, while his famous father is studying tapes of his opponent. And when his father is telling him what he needs to do, he nonchalantly acts like he is listening to what he is being told. I could go on and on but I think you get the message.

In the first three rounds of the fight all you saw was Sergio landing his jab and moving to the side and Chavez moving forward and missing most of his slow body punches. To get attention from his fans, when hit by Martinez, Chavez shook his head and acted like the punches he was absorbing were not hurting him. That was true in the early rounds, but later in the fight Chavez’ face was a mess.

The same action continued to the sixth round as the robotic Chavez moved forward and when he would get in a good punch, Martinez would counter with two or three punches and move defensively out of the way. The only difference now was that after absorbing the jabs from Martinez, Chavez’ nose was beginning to bleed and his face was swelling around both his eyes.

In the seventh, Martinez was really getting the punches in as Chavez could only block the punches and move backward. In the eighth, Chavez was able to connect with combinations and body punches and appeared to have won the round. The boos started to fill the arena in the ninth, as the Chavez fans were getting frustrated with the way Martinez was handling the slower Chavez. At this point, HBO had Martinez ahead on all the cards of the fight. It seemed like Chavez had no answer to the speed of Martinez and all he could do was just move forward but with no success.

At the beginning of the tenth, the referee told Martinez to get the punches up, and right after that, heads collide and the fight is delayed momentarily. No major damage was done to each fighter. Suddenly Martinez went down, but it was only a push by Chavez as Martinez was off balance. Martinez continued the same old song and jabs and moves out of the way of the methodical Chavez. The same story continues in the eleventh except Chavez gets in some good head shots to Martinez on the top of his head. At this point, Chavez’ spoiled face is a bloody mess as he is bleeding from his mouth and nose. In addition, Chavez’ right eye is swelling badly and his left eye is almost closed.

But in the final round, Chavez almost luckily pulled off the most unworthy result of this huge fight. At about one minute to go in the twelfth round, Martinez decided to challenge Chavez inside and he got caught with a big right hand that was telegraphed from Mexico City all the way to Las Vegas, literally. A punch that Martinez should have seen and either blocked or landed his own punch before it had landed. This punch rocked the Argentinean and the bloodied Chavez followed it up with two left hooks and Martinez went down. The crowd went wild as Martinez looked visibly shaken, but he got up swinging and got in a few punches as Chavez pursued him. Chavez then landed a flurry of punches and Martinez went down to the canvas on his backside. Martinez again quickly got up and landed several punches as the final bell sounded.

Martinez retained the WBC middleweight belt that was taken away from him almost two years ago and the boxing gods did not allow an unworthy Chavez to keep something that he never deserved to have.

According to sources, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called Bob Arum just after the fight and offered to make a rematch at the Cowboys Stadium. Let’s hope so.

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Top Rank junior featherweight prospect Roberto Marroquin (22-2, 15 KOs) from Dallas, Texas fought a gallant fight against the undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs), probably the best 122 pounder in the business, but he was not able to claim his first title. Marroquin rocked the quick Cuban in the third round with one of his best punches, the left hook, and Rigondeaux’ knees got weak. Marroquin also caught the Cuban in the ninth with a right hand that rocked him but it was not enough to win the fight. Nevertheless, this is a huge step for Marroquin as he goes the distance with the featherweight champion Rigondeaux.

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