Sergio Martinez Signs: Says Chavez-Lee is 50-50 Bout

By Rick Reeno reached out to boxing adviser/promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, and spoke directly to middleweight king Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28KOs), who confirmed that he officially signed, at 7PM PST, an agreement to face the winner of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee - on the tentative date of September 15th. Lewkowicz, along with his wife, held a meeting with Martinez at the Bel Air Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

As BoxingScene first reported on Tuesday, a deal was reached for Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31KOs) to defend his WBC middleweight title against Lee (28-1, 20KOs) in an HBO televised fight on June 16th at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

The World Boxing Council positioned Martinez as the mandatory challenger at last December's convention in Las Vegas. The sanctioning body expects all of the required parties to sign this agreement.

"I have officially signed the agreement. [WBC President] Jose Sulaiman expects everyone involved to sign this agreement - including Chavez, Lee, [Top Rank CEO Bob] Arum and [Martinez/Lee promoter] Lou DiBella. If they don't sign the document [prior to June 16th], Jose Sulaiman has made a promise that the WBC title will not be on the line on June 16, because they will take the title away," Martinez said to

Martinez, who plans to sit ringside at the Sun Bowl, expects a very close fight.

"It's going to be a very tough fight for both of them. I think it's a 50-50 fight," Martinez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AHUEVO on 04-05-2012

[QUOTE=hillbilly;11972497]The issue with Junior is diuretics--he got busted using them to lose weight for a fight. He even admitted it to the Nevada commission. Given his terrible weight issues against Rubio, Rubio and many others thought he used them again…

Comment by Agent Mulder on 04-05-2012

holy smokes! if jr is forced into this fight i'd be totally psyched! if there is any fighter i'd like to see lose more than manny pacquiao it has to be jcc jr. it's either him or khan lose decisively…

Comment by Detroit29 on 04-05-2012

JSFD26 I could fully sign on to ur arguement if Sergio didn't walk around between 170-175 pds.

Comment by mushahadeen on 04-05-2012

See, I told you so: JR is going to beat the living hell out of Lee and after that, he's going to retire Sergio. How about an apology from all the morons and a-holes who constantly write: "This fight will…

Comment by MrClutch85 on 04-05-2012

We all know Martinez is hoping and praying Chavez Jr wins because if Lee wins no big money no HBO PPV

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