Advertisement
Advertisement

Sergio Martinez Eyes Chavez vs. Zbik Winner in The Fall

By Rick Reeno

Sampson Lewkowicz, adviser to WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (46-2, 25KOs), reached out to BoxingScene.com to set the record straight on his fighter's situation with the WBC title. On Tuesday, the WBC announced that Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10KOs), the interim champion at middleweight, was being elevated to the status of "full champion," and Martinez was being elevated to the status of "Champion Emeritus."

Martinez was willing to make his mandatory defense against Zbik, but HBO had absolutley no interest in the fight. Instead, Martinez will face unbeaten WBO 154-pound champion Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23KOs) on March 12 at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The WBC will sanction Martinez-Dzinziruk for their "Diamond Belt."

Zbik will have to defend his title against the mandatory, and WBC silver champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. If Zbik beats Chavez, then Martinez would be willing to fight him in the fall. If Zbik beats Chavez, Lewkowicz believes HBO might be more inclined to approve him as an opponent for Martinez.

"Sergio wants to congratulate Zbik on becoming the champion. The sole reason as to why Martinez did not fight him is because HBO did not accept him. However, if he fights Chavez and he beats Chavez, Martinez would be more than honored to fight him," Lewkowicz told BoxingScene.com.

"Meanwhile, we need to act like gentlemen and set the record straight. Martinez did not get stripped by the WBC. He was upgraded to a higher status, as the Emeritus champion. If Zbik beats Chavez, who is the mandatory, then Martinez will fight him and it would be an honor to do the fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BxFanViento on 01-19-2011

I want Chavez Jr. to step up in class in order to prove that he is more than "Hype" but Martinez is on another level right now. Then again how long can Chavez go facing substandard opposition? John Duddy not…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 01-19-2011

Are there any fighters that are ranked in the top 15 of the world that is not some kind of a champion? Hell, if a fighter ever managed to unify all the belts he would need an entourage of 12…

Comment by mathed on 01-18-2011

Chavez gets tapped up by Martinez. Zibik gets put to sleep as well....HBO can shove it.

Comment by cleaner147 on 01-18-2011

[QUOTE=athletic;9976445]David Lemieux is the real deal at middleweight and will KO both Chavez Jr and Zbik once they meet. Chavez jr is too much of a coward to go one on one with David Lemieux he knows he would get…

Comment by athletic on 01-18-2011

David Lemieux is the real deal at middleweight and will KO both Chavez Jr and Zbik once they meet. Chavez jr is too much of a coward to go one on one with David Lemieux he knows he would get…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (26)
Top Headlines Viktor Postol Motivated By Underdog Role Against Crawford Arum: If Mayweather Wants Pacquiao, Let Him Come To Manila Haumono Saw Flaws, Believes He Will Chin Check Joseph Parker Glowacki Hopes To Get Usyk To Poland, Then Wants Lebedev Avanesyan Ends Shane Mosley, Secures Thurman-Porter Shot Vazquez Outpoints Bone, Eyes Future Clash With Adrien Broner Gabe Rosado Not Looking Past Gutierrez To Chavez Jr. Showdown Shane Mosley Jr. Edges Roberto Young With Majority Nod Bermane Stiverne Eager To Step in, Face Deontay Wilder Jonas Sultan Retains His RP Championship With KO in Five Rounds Photos: Verdejo, Diaz Open Workouts Before HUGE Bronx Crowd Roach: Floyd Mayweather Asked Me To Train Conor McGregor Krzysztof Wlodarczyk Beats Down Kai Kurzawa For TKO Win Ricky Burns Becomes Three Division Champion, Stops Di Rocco in 8 Nurse Pounds on Limond For TKO Win, Retains British Title WADA To Meet With AIBA, Shocking Allegations Over Drug Testing Conor Benn Wins In Glasgow, Returns on Joshua-Breazeale McCarthy Beats Jon-Lewis Dickinson, Must Face Askin Next Povetkin Questions Whether Wilder Actually Intended To Fight Him Burns-Di Rocco: Ogogo Wins On Return Mosley: They Said I Was Done, I'm Going To Annihilate Avanesyan! Ricky Burns: I Feel I Definitely Have Another Few Years in Me Donnie Nietes Drops, Punishes and Stops Raul Garcia Photos: Lucian Bute Holds Presser, Maintains His Innocence Cecilia Braekhus is Hoping To Stage Title Defense in Norway DiBella: Haye's Last Bout Hard To Watch, Not in Running For Wilder Avanesyan Tabs Thurman To Beat Porter, Ready For Mosley Weights From Liverpool: Bellew 199.1; Makabu 196.8 Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Would Drill Pacquiao Worse Than Khan! Lara's Trainer: Golovkin Should Want To Test Himself Against Lara Frank Warren: Kell Brook Wanted No Part of Liam Smith Hearn: Ricky Burns' Last Chance To Win Gold, a 50-50 Fight Tony Bellew Smiles: I Was Always a Rebellious Little F***er! Hearn Wants Parker To Get UK Exposure To Build Joshua Bout Video: Shane Mosley Shows Off His Power and Speed at Workout Marquez Injured, Stops Training - But Still Has Eye on Miguel Cotto Barthelemy: I Want To Fight The Likes of Crawford and Broner Dela Torre Injures Right Hand, Admits Improvement is Needed Photos: Orlando Salido Closes Camp For Francisco Vargas War Mosley-Avanesyan: Winner To Receive WBA Title Shot?
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement