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Roach: Chavez Trained 5 Days, Almost KO'd Martinez!

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez has promised to hand trainer Freddie Roach another loss this coming Saturday night at New York's Madison Square Garden. Martinez defends his title against former three division world champion Miguel Cotto.

Two years ago, Martinez dominated another Roach fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., for eleven out of twelve rounds. In the twelfth and final round, Chavez rocked, dropped and nearly stopped Martinez.

"Julio Cesar Chavez trained five days for that fight and he almost won that fight by a knockout. He came really close. I have a fighter who worked eight weeks for this fight, six days a week, 5am every morning. There is a huge, huge difference here. When you saw me on HBO waiting for [Chavez] at the gym, that happened 31 times, but didn't I want to kill the guy. The only reason I stayed was because his father asked me to stay and I respected his dad. He kept telling me to stay, that he would show up, but he never did. He sparred five days for that fight, he did the mitts four days for that fight. He ate Cheerios with his underwear on at home more than he was in the gym. I love Julio, he's a great guy but I'm disappointed that he didn't show his best that night," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

"Sergio won eleven rounds and almost got knocked out in the twelfth. But he fought a good fight, I will say that. I think he left a lot of his game in the ring that night, because that was a hard, hard fight for him. He really tried to knock [Julio] out. He was really aggressive that night. He tried and tried but he couldn't do it. And in his next fight he looked poor and I think that's because of the [Chavez] fight. I think that was his last hurrah."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -Antonio- on 06-05-2014

Style wise Cotto matches up perfectly with Martinez. I think that's what Roach and he are banking on. Jr. was able to take all of Sergio's punches because he was likely 185 pounds in the ring. If Martinez were more…

Comment by Southpawology on 06-05-2014

[QUOTE=lillu89;14623539]Yea considering Chavez was a ****ing cruiserweight at fight night I'm surprised he didn't kill Martinez, 190 plus vs a small middleweight.[/QUOTE] Exactly thats the main point here. Cotto aint a cruiserweight like Jr hes a natural welter. Jr had…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 06-05-2014

Roach is a s#!t trainer. All this guy talks about is how Martinez didn't look good in his last fight. That's what he is banking on.

Comment by bigjavi973 on 06-05-2014

[QUOTE=MamaHuevo;14626139]You must be smoking some stellar crack if you believe all that bull $h@t you just wrote.[/QUOTE] I guess you can't come up with something intellegent to say about the boxing topic at hand. Go back to your moms basement,…

Comment by NY2Vegas on 06-05-2014

[QUOTE=ColdBlooded;14626470]Cotto is not as powerful or durable as Chavez. People keep talking about Cotto's powerful pressure. But Cotto was too weak to pressure Trout effectively. Cotto really can't afford to be hit with any flush shots from Martinez. Cotto's not…

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