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Sergio Martinez: I Want Chavez Jr. First, Then Mayweather

By Ryan Burton

Middleweight king Sergio Martinez appeared on the latest edition of The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene.com's official audio show.  An agreement was recently reached that will match Martinez versus the winner of the June 16th clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee. 

Martinez has been chasing Chavez, who is favored to beat Lee, for years.  A skeptical Martinez said that he won't be entirely confident that he will fight Chavez until he sees him inside of the ring.
 
"Until I see Julio Cesar Chavez in the ring with the gloves on and the bell sounds I won't believe it," Martinez told The Boxing Lab.
 
I asked Martinez if he would still fight Chavez in September if he was offered a fall showdown against pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
 
"What a tough question. Sincerely I am only thinking of Chavez now but Mayweather is the toughest fightout there. I really want the challenge.  Mayweather is the toughest fight I can have. I want to fight other champs too but no one wants to fight me," said Martinez.
 
Martinez said that he didn't want to talk about other potential fights as all of his focus is on facing Chavez.  "I want to stay positive. I want to be 100% positive that Chavez will fight me. I can't focus on other fights that may or may not happen."

The Argentine sensation said that in a perfect scenario he would fight Chavez in September and then Mayweather in his next fight.  While he has so far been unsuccessful in landing the big fights he craves, Martinez has remained up beat.

"The perfect dream scenario for me is to fight Chavez in September and then Mayweather after," Martinez revealed.
 
You can hear the  Sergio Martinez interview in its entirety plus interviews with Canelo Alvarez and Tim Bradley by click here: http://tobtr.com/s/2997117
 
Send questions or comments to [email protected] Follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter and tune in to The Boxing Lab, Boxingscene's official audio on Tuesdays. The show is hosted by Ernie Gabion, Luis Sandoval and Ryan Burton

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DoktorSleepless on 04-12-2012

I still don't think Chavez Jr is the payday people may him out to be. Chavez himself will definitely make big bucks, but his opponents usually don't. Martinez got $1.5 million against Barker from HBO, had a half million dollar…

Comment by brains4boxing on 04-12-2012

the whole world want u n both of them fights lol

Comment by tanibanana on 04-12-2012

I agree with his statement.. he's going to get his fight with Chavez Jr. then lost, then Mayweather and lost again.. But I got to agree with the others.. time to move on.. he should fight Bute, Ward, Froch and…

Comment by B.U.R.N.E.R on 04-12-2012

Please let the Mayweather dream go. Move on. Bute Ward Dirrell Abraham etc

Comment by right hand jab on 04-12-2012

[QUOTE=ronnie_N.;11994281]sergio is mediocore at best... his resume don't lie... can't hate on a guy looking for big paychecks though...[/QUOTE] Do me a favour boy, forget about boxing, because if you see Martinez as "mediocre at best", you don't have a…

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