Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Merchant on Chavez-Martinez, Golden Boy-Top Rank

By Chris Robinson

Sitting ringside inside of the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas on Saturday night, HBO analyst Larry Merchant had a very intimate view of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s 7th round stoppage of Andy Lee. Defending his WBC middleweight belt successfully for the third time, Chavez showed a relentless aggression and a wicked body attack that will likely make him a handful for anyone at 160 pounds.

Chavez has improved immensely during his two-plus years with trainer Freddie Roach and Merchant can spot the progression.

“I thought he was very impressive,” stated Merchant early Sunday, as he was moments away from boarding a flight to head back home to Southern California. “Nobody’s ever done to Andy Lee what he did. I didn’t sense that Lee was that vulnerable and that, once he got rolling, would roll over him. Although it was a very close fight at the end because of the scoring.”
Advertisement

The stage now seems to be set for Chavez to tangle with Argentina’s Sergio Martinez on September 15th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. It’s a fight that the boxing world has been clamoring for and despite an apparent reluctance not to stage the event in the past from Bob Arum, who co-promotes Chavez, Merchant seems to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

“Well, call me a cock-eyed optimistic, which you’d have to in boxing just to sit down at ringside, but yeah, I do think it’s going to happen,” said Merchant. “I think they want it happen and that both guys want it to happen. I think Julio wants it to happen. It’s the only serious challenge out there.”

An interesting subplot in a Chavez-Martinez encounter is the fact that Golden Boy Promotions also has that date on hold in Las Vegas for a Saul Alvarez-Victor Ortiz faceoff at the MGM Grand. Ortiz, if successful against Josesito Lopez this weekend, will be moving up in weight to challenge Alvarez for his WBC junior middleweight bauble and that match is guaranteed fireworks yet Merchant didn’t have too much hesitation when asked what card he would prefer if forced to choose.

“I’d have to say Chavez-Martinez,” added Merchant. “It’s the true middleweight championship of the world. But hopefully I don’t have to make that choice and I’m curious whether the Las Vegas commission would even allow it. There is a backup date I understand, October 6th. The main thing is they want it to happen as soon as possible and that’s a good thing for fans.”

Asked to break Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez down in his head, Merchant seemed to come up with more questions than answers and that exact curiosity seems to intrigue him.

“Martinez would be a favorite but a whole lot shorter favorite than anybody would have imagined six months ago,” said Merchant. “With Chavez beating [Marco Antonio] Rubio and Lee and doing it impressively, it’s going to be maybe 8-5 or something like that. How it plays out, I don’t know. One guy is a tough, young pressure fighter and the other guy is an athletic, older guy who has some sock. Until we see it, you don’t know how it’s going to play.”

READER’s NOTE: For an inside look at Pacquiao-Bradley fight week in videos, including the post-fight press conference, grand arrivals, and exclusives with Bob Arum, Juan Manuel Marquez, Alex Ariza, Joel Diaz, Adrien Broner, Freddie Roach, Juan Manuel Lopez, Ana Julaton, Sampson Lewkowicz, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Miguel Diaz, and several other please visit Chris Robinson’s recently-launched Youtube page at CRHarmony YouTube Page

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected], www.Twitter.com/CRHarmony, and www.Youtube.com/CRHarmony

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tomatocantender on 06-19-2012

[QUOTE=QballLobo;12258355]Other than dumb pride, I don't see why Golden boy wouldn't want to move their date. With Ortiz fighting this weekend he will need the extra time to rest and then gear up for another training camp. Plus, if Chavez…

Comment by QballLobo on 06-18-2012

Other than dumb pride, I don't see why Golden boy wouldn't want to move their date. With Ortiz fighting this weekend he will need the extra time to rest and then gear up for another training camp. Plus, if Chavez…

Comment by JoeMan on 06-18-2012

Both are interesting fights. But if I were to pick, I'd choose the Sergio vs JCC fight. Canelo would beat Ortiz.

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 06-18-2012

[QUOTE=hougigo;12257941]Chavez vs Martinez for me... More Interest than canelo vs Ortiz. if Andy led was up in Texas, imagine Martinez in a [b]neutral venue[/b][/QUOTE] Same one where Pacquiao and Richard Abril were blindly robbed? If you haven't caught on yet...…

Comment by mathed on 06-18-2012

[QUOTE=StrangerInTown;12258022]Julio Jr. has been called every name in the book with the exception of excellent. His growth has been slow but exciting. What we witnessed in the Lee fight was that his size, passion and strength could overcome an opponents…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (19)
Top Headlines Juanma Lopez Breaks Ties With Black Tiger, Wants Big Fights Errol Spence: Beating Brook Makes Me Number '1' at The Weight Chemito Moreno Says Eye Issue Made Him Stay Down With Ceja Jose Argumedo Stops Gabriel Mendoza To Retain The IBF Belt WBC Prez Expects Golovkin To Stake Title, Despite Canelo's Beef Verdejo To Train With Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, Flanagan Eyed Rigondeaux Warns Flores: When We Get in There - I Will Not Forgive! Lolenga Mock vs. Luke Blackledge Set For June 17, Denmark Cruiserweight Fighting For His Life After Knockout Loss Manny Pacquiao Backs Philippines President in War on ISIS Photos: Adonis Stevenson Grinds Hard For Fonfara Rematch Brook Quit Vs. Spence Because He Was Worried He'd Go Blind Photos: Jean Pascal, Roy Jones Jr. Come Together - Putting in Work Brook, Hearn Agree the Time is Right to Move Up to 154 Pounds Kovalev Feels Boost With Russian Coach For Andre Ward Rematch Photos: Andrzej Fonfara Open Workout For Stevenson Rematch Kudryashov vs. Durodola II Undercard is Coming Together Felix Alvarado, Rene Alvarado, Byron Rojas Get Knockout Wins Groves: I'm Sure I'll Beat DeGale Again, I Beat Him Twice Already Tim Tszyu Set To Return on July 22 in Toowoomba Sanchez: Golovkin Will Wear Canelo Down By Eight or Ninth Michael Conlan: I Want a Better Opponent Next, A Real Threat Who Can Handle "The Truth" After Brook-Spence? Joshua Could Lose IBF Belt Prior To Klitschko II, Pulev Stands Firm Omar Narvaez vs. Nikolay Potapov For WBO Interim-Title Diego Chaves Lands Grudge Match, Fabian Maidana on Undercard Golden Boy Prez on Working With Cotto Again, Canelo Rematch Povetkin vs. Rudenko Will Require Doping Tests, Says Manager Lipinets' Manager: Indongo Will Face Crawford, Belt Will Be Vacant Roach Relieved, Says Pacquiao Finally Getting Back into Form Miguel Cotto Will Resume Training at Wild Card on July 3 Bellew: Brook Had The Fight Beaten Out of Him By Errol Spence Porter: Spence Sent Message To Entire Welterweight Division Khan Wants to Fight Brook at Bramall Lane Next Summer Spence Broke Brook's Left Orbital Bone, Surgery a Possibility Spence: Brook Had To Quit - Or Eye May Get Permanent Damage Alexander vs. Collazo in Play For Potential Garcia-Broner Card Spence: I Proved Myself; Now It's Time for Thurman to Fight Me! Photos: Errol Spence Drops, Stops Kell Brook - MONSTER Gallery Photos: Groves Finally Does It, Stops Chudinov To Become Champ
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement