Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr, the son of the great Mexican legend takes on his biggest test to date in the classy Sergio Martinez at the Thomas & Mack Centre in what is a big grudge match.
The usually laid back and easy going Martinez has been quite vocal in his distain for JCC and his credibility as a world champion. Chavez Jnr though, despite being walked into a world title due to his heritage has, over the last year, grown into the role and he’s now one of the games more exciting fighters. Massive for the weight, Chavez has employed a style of just walking through his opponent and throwing as many punches as he can in order to wear his man down. It’s exciting yes, but he’s still very limited skill wise and someone of Martinez’ class could take the young Mexican apart. Martinez is the opposite to Chavez. Never been given anything in his career, went on the road clocking up the air miles in order to get fights and then being pitted in against some of the big names. But Martinez has continuously ticked the boxes and established himself as one of the P4P top fighters in the world. Tonight we have the skills and heavy handed counter punching of Martinez against the size and workrate of the younger Chavez. I’m leaning slightly towards the older Argentinian to show that this step up is a little too big for young Chavez and feel that Martinez may stop him late. Whichever way it goes, I think it’ll be a great fight and not one to be missed!
The big domestic showdown is coming up fast.
Kevin Mitchell and Ricky Burns fight is only a week away now and I can’t wait.
This for me is a very even fight and it’s one of those fights that you genuinely get a 50/50 split among people when you ask them to pick a winner. It should be a great atmosphere and another great advert for the sport. It’s the first big show of the season on subscription channel Box Nation and having this week staged a press conference to celebrate their first year in business they’ll be looking to make sure this is the first of many great showdowns this season.
Ricky Hatton yesterday announced he’ll be coming out of retirement and making his return to the ring on November 24th. Many fans, including me, didn’t want him to come back as he’s achieved so much during his career. I can’t see what he can do to match what he’s already done. But, seeing his statement and reasons for wanting to come back you have to understand his position. No fighter wants to go out like he did and so it’s something he feels he has to do. I totally get his reasoning, I really hope he gets what he wants out of the comeback and when he decides to finally hang them up he will feel fulfilled. One thing is for certain, he’s the biggest name in British boxing and his career has been full of great nights. Let’s hope for some more!
After Andre Ward’s great win over Chad Dawson there came a challenge by his trainers to a genuinely great fighter to get in the ring with him. The only problem it was Joe Calzaghe they were calling out, Joe has been retired almost four years! If you’re having to call out a man who’s been retired that long, and who’s never made even a hint about coming back, then you really must be having problems raising your profile and earning the really big money. Maybe a step up to light-heavy would be better if Wars can’t find any challenges at Super-middle.
Coldwell Boxing’s September 28th show at Rotherham features a cracking clash at Light-welterweight between exciting puncher Curtis Woodhouse and the tough gritty Dave Ryan. The fight was made as an Eliminator for the English title but following this week’s retirement of champion Nigel Wright, the fight will now be for the Vacant title so the two men are fighting for the right to become English champion. It was already going to be a good match up, but this will just be the icing on the cake for the man who has his hand raised at the end.
Former World Champion Amir Khan has split with Freddie Roach. His high profile trainer couldn’t commit to be there full time for Khan and at the level he’s fighting at he needs a man that can commit. There should be a few people out there who’d like to work with Khan who has plenty of skills to work with. I wonder who Khan will go for?
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