Roach Not Buying Martinez Threats: Don't Train in Oxnard!

By Rick Reeno

As previously reported, Sergio Martinez canceled a planned media day, which was scheduled this past Tuesday, due to security threats and an act of vandalism. A few days ago, Martinez's promoter, Lou DiBella, revealed that his boxer received threats from an unknown source and a car was vandalized with paint outside of Martinez's apartment in Oxnard, California. 

Because of the threats, a 24 hour security detail has been assigned to protect Martinez. The Argentine star is training in Oxnard for a September 15th title clash with WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. HBO Pay-Per-View will carry the event.

In a recent interview with BoxingScene, Chavez Jr. was shaking his head at the story and doesn't fully believe the legit nature of the incidents.

The Mexican champion's trainer, Freddie Roach, spoke to BoxingScene and agreed with Julio's opinion on the entire situation.

"He's training in Oxnard and if you're fighting a Mexican fighter - don't train in Oxnard. It's all Mexicans down there. I'm not making any phone calls I can tell you that much [Roach laughed]. My girlfriend speaks Spanish but I don't," Roach told

"The media is a pain in the ass to fighters sometimes and maybe he just didn't want to do the media day. The bottom line is, they both have to meet in the ring and nobody is going to help [Julio]. Nobody is going to shoot [Martinez] from the stands. Julio is from a dangerous area of Culiacan, but we are not fighting in Culiacan.....we're fighting in America."

"I think it's just an excuse. That's why I think he's a little soft and I think that we have to bring that out [in the fight]."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 08-31-2012

[QUOTE=JuanmaLopezATG;12465792]maidana trains there and he's fighting a Mexican next and None have done sh1t to him dumb wop[/QUOTE] You must have typed that using one hand, with the other on JuanMa's sack.....your avatar says it all - punch drunk skunk.......…

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 08-31-2012

So Freddy Roach would rather rationalize and make excuses for vandalism then to say 'Hey, let the boxers settle this in the ring, nobody else has to get involved'. According to his logic: If you don't like flooding and typhoons,…

Comment by ddangerous on 08-31-2012

[QUOTE=the larryx;12466197]and look what they did to the car [IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] hahahahaha Hey Freddy, ask Paul Williams if Sergio is soft.

Comment by WESS on 08-31-2012

Roach is just getting nervous for the fight. 3 of his stars getting that L.....

Comment by marzblkman on 08-31-2012

This is his response? Wow This is the equivalent of, "you got raped because you dressed provocatively. Freddie Roach is an OVERRATED, piece of sh*t. NEVER developed his OWN fighter from beginning to end.

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