Chaevz Jr. on The Martinez Threats, Ariza, Strategy, More

By Chris Robinson

We are now just two weeks away from one of the biggest fights of the year, as WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will meet Argentina's Sergio Martinez inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 15.

It's a fascinating fight on several fronts, as the quick and unorthodox Martinez will test his skills against the 26-year old Chavez, who has shown power, serious aggression, and a debilitating body attack in recent fights.

During his recent media day at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, where he has set up the final leg of his training camp, Chavez discussed the fight and its many subplots. Surrounded by press as he sat on the ring apron, Chavez spoke on what he has to do in order to break down Martinez, revealed why he has brought back strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza back in camp, gave his take on the recent threats that Martinez's team claimed they received, and much more.

Read below for some highlights of what Chavez had to say...

Martinez's recent level of competition...
"I think lately he's been facing guys that he's a big favorite to beat and he's shown it in the ring. He's able to do whatever he wants, because he's fighting guys he really shouldn't be fighting."

How he plans on fighting Martinez...
"I have a plan, a style that I like to use, that I need to use to win. I'm not going to give any space. I have to make him sit up and fight, make him exchange. When he's stepping side to side, it's going to be very difficult for me. So, I do have to make him fight. I have to make the pace higher, make him work."

Bringing back strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza in his camp...
"There's things that I think he helps me with. There's a lot of things he helps me with that will make me a better fighter. I'm going to choose the guys that will make me a better fighter and he's one of them. It's the physical work we do. The work that I do with him keeps me in good condition for the fight."

Why it was important to have an HBO 'Faceoff' with Martinez...
"I think it's very important. Sometimes, you don't meet the guy. You just kind of go through camp, but this time, when you meet him, look him in the eyes, you figure out things about the guy. You get to know him well. I think I got to know him real well."

Planning on working Martinez's body...
"I noticed, that's where you have to go with this guy. He doesn't like to get hit in the body, and as long as I get my shots in there, I think I'll be [alright]. He just doesn't like to get hit."

Anticipating his supporters at the Thomas & Mack...
"I'm going to be motivated with all those people behind me. But inside the ring it's just me and him. All I know is that I know what I have to do to win."

Why he is unsure whether Martinez was genuine about the vandalism and threats he claimed forced him to cancel a recent open media workout...
"I'd like him to show me. [People are] doing all that stuff to him. I'm like you guys, I want to know if it's true or not. Maybe it's just a publicity stunt. All of us want to know."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WESS on 09-04-2012

Martinez vs Golovkin or Ward next!

Comment by ddangerous on 09-04-2012

[QUOTE=Johnny Dough;12474294]He gone humiliate this kid[/QUOTE] Yep. I think so too.

Comment by Perro on 09-03-2012

Chavez Jr. by way of mauling.

Comment by Johnny Dough on 09-03-2012

[QUOTE=ddangerous;12474221]LOL at Chavez insulting Martinez's opponents. take a look in the mirror, Jr. Can't wait for this one. I foresee Sergio dominating Jr. more than he did Pavlik.[/QUOTE] He gone humiliate this kid

Comment by ddangerous on 09-03-2012

LOL at Chavez insulting Martinez's opponents. take a look in the mirror, Jr. Can't wait for this one. I foresee Sergio dominating Jr. more than he did Pavlik.

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