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Sergio Martinez Explains His Deep Dislike For Chavez Jr.

By Rick Reeno

Former two division world champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28KOs) is not denying his deep dislike for Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32KOs). On Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Martinez will challenge Chavez for the WBC middleweight crown.

Despite the months of trash talking, Martinez reveals that only recently did his problem with Chavez "become personal." Apparently, Chavez made a comment during an episode of HBO's 24/7 reality series, and it hit a nerve with Martinez.

"He said something at the end of one of the 24/7s. He said to 'respect the sport' - to me. And I don't know anybody else who doesn't respect the sport like Chavez doesn't respect it. That comment made it personal," Martinez said.

When he was asked to explain his reasons for accusing Chavez of disrespecting the sport of boxing - Martinez fired off in a fury.

"I say what everybody thinks. He doesn't respect the sport. I'm getting upset [talking about this]. Where do I start. He always has a problem with his weight. Two weeks before the fight with Marco Antonio Rubio, he committed an infraction with driving under the influence. He has a problem with anti-doping, with the positive result in Nevada," Martinez said.

"Nobody knows what happened with the anti-doping [tests] against Rubio and Andy Lee. One of the best trainers in the world, Freddie Roach, he makes him wait and doesn't show up to the gym [to train]. He insults our sport."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by studentofthegam on 09-17-2012

[QUOTE=edgarg;12505019]No he isn't right. All that stuff does is facilitate quicker liquid elimination, something he could have done naturally with a little more time and trouble, I'd think. We know he can make 160 and remain strong. So what's all…

Comment by Hougigo on 09-13-2012

[QUOTE=JJC;12506212]Sergio Martinez has always been a "nice guy" of boxing. He has taken his close losses respectfully, and has never disrespected an opponent like he has Chavez Jr. The points he makes about respecting the sport are true. Chavez's disregard…

Comment by JJC on 09-13-2012

Sergio Martinez has always been a "nice guy" of boxing. He has taken his close losses respectfully, and has never disrespected an opponent like he has Chavez Jr. The points he makes about respecting the sport are true. Chavez's disregard…

Comment by Picozo on 09-13-2012

[QUOTE=mushahadeen;12505153]The people trashing Chavez Jr. don't know anything about boxing.[/QUOTE] King of the one liners? C'mon you can do better than that. Back up your one liners with some decent facts. Otherwise, you have no credibility and no right to…

Comment by thegonzo on 09-13-2012

[QUOTE=mushahadeen;12505153]The people trashing Chavez Jr. don't know anything about boxing.[/QUOTE] Show your face after the 15th. We're all going to have fun with you. I promise you one thing: you will be nowhere to be found. Don't create an alt…

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