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Sergio Martinez Drops WBC Belt: Chavez, Roach Cowards

By David "Los Gatos" Rosenberg

Sergio Martinez held a press conference in Argentina to announce that he's vacating the WBC Diamond title. Martinez expresed his anger over the WBC's failure to honor their promise of a mandatory fight with their full middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. At the recent WBC convention at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the organization ordered Chavez to defend the title against Martinez by the end of March.

To Martinez's surprise, WBC president Jose Sulaiman contacted him, a few days later, to step aside in order to allow Chavez to fight Marco Antonio Rubio on February 4th in Texas. Martinez refused, but the WBC announced that Martinez agreed in a press release. Martinez, who announced his move to vacate the WBC's Diamond title,  feels that Sulaiman owes him an apology.

"I'm not planning to defend the WBC Diamond belt anymore. The only title I'm going to defend from now on is the title I won after beating Kelly Pavlik, the Ring Magazine title. I won't ever represent the WBC ever again, until the WBC makes the fight they ordered at the WBC convention [against Chavez]. They won't honor their own agreement. I hate the coward [nature] that Chavez Jr. displays, as well as his coach Freddie Roach, and his promoter Bob Arum, for avoiding me every day. I never thought a world champion could avoid someone in this way," Martinez said.

Martinez returns against Matthew Macklin on March 17th at New York's Madison Square Garden. The fight with Macklin may not appear on HBO, as Martinez had some choice words about the treatment he received from the network and plans to jump ship to rival Showtime.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by right hand jab on 12-30-2011

[QUOTE=mushahadeen;11614618]Because real boxing fans know the truth: Sergio Martinez wants no part of JCC JR. Sergio Martinez will keep calling out small welterweights while JCC JR keeps fighting middleweights.[/QUOTE] You've either got to be taking the p*ss or just suffering…

Comment by right hand jab on 12-30-2011

[QUOTE=dorruel2.0;11613611]hbo didnt want sergio to fight pirog. they saved his bumbass for chavez, and Sergio beat the best 154lber in the process in sergei. I dont recall pirog ever being his mandatory considering they hold different belts so idk what…

Comment by right hand jab on 12-30-2011

[QUOTE=iloveboxing2;11615006]Serge, go back to playing football. They would love to have you back or you can just call out Piroq next time, you are no different from Roach and Chavez for ducking Piroq. What goes around comes around![/QUOTE] What are…

Comment by right hand jab on 12-30-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;11616660]Get real, why should he have to sign with Bob " [I]greedy old cunt[/I] " Arum just to land a big fight?[/QUOTE] Exactly!!!

Comment by right hand jab on 12-30-2011

[QUOTE=Rassclot;11613476]he should move up and fight BUTE to prove he's not a coward.[/QUOTE] Yeah?...Cause fighting in your fourth weight category, at time in your life when you're not going to get any bigger and when you're already and under sized…

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