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Sergio Martinez Warns Canelo To Move Pay-Per-View

By Rick Reeno

Middleweight king Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (49-2-2, 28KOs) has issued a direct warning to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1, 29KOs), the WBC's champion at 154-pounds.

On September 15th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Martinez will challenge WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32KOs). The showdown will be carried by HBO pay-per-view.

However, Canelo has a pay-per-view scheduled for the same date - and the event is taking place only two miles down the road at the MGM Grand. Canelo's current opponent is Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22KOs), provided he defeats Josesito Lopez this coming Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. HBO's network competitor, Showtime, is backing the Canelo-Ortiz pay-per-view.

The last time a similar situation took place was on June 10, 2006. Top Rank and Lou DiBella teamed up to stage a pay-per-view event featuring Miguel Cotto vs. Paulie Malignaggi at New York's Madison Square Garden. A few miles away, in Atlantic City, Bernard Hopkins moved up by two weight divisions to challenge light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver. Hopkins-Tarver was carried by HBO pay-per-view and Golden Boy Promotions staged the event. 

This time around, Top Rank and DiBella are back together for Chavez-Martinez - with HBO in their corner. And Golden Boy is once again on the other end, with Showtime standing with them.

Martinez, making his debut as a pay-per-view headliner, has warned Canelo to move away from the date.

"I am very happy for my first chance [as a pay-per-view headliner]. The competition, sometimes it's good, but if [Canelo] continues in that position - after I finish with Chavez I will go down to 154 and do the same thing to Canelo, and get back the other belt that belongs to me too," Martinez told BoxingScene.com.

Martinez, who had a lot to say about Chavez in an earlier article, says the Mexican fighter should forget about a possible move to 168 and instead begin making retirement plans.

"After I finish with Chavez, he will never make it to 168. He will retire very young," Martinez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by danceswithfire on 06-19-2012

sergio acting like he's the draw lol

Comment by lutenco on 06-19-2012

JCC JR fought with balls and showed his iron chin but SERGIO isn't LEE,damn JCC JR will take really a tremendous beating;i believe his chin and his tremendous courage will work against him vs an opponent like MARAVILLA because he…

Comment by JD Salinger on 06-19-2012

martinez-jccj bout appeals more to me. if only for the chance to see the possibility of sergio getting sent to retirement, which i highly doubt.

Comment by Reloaded on 06-19-2012

[QUOTE=915angel;12258888]i mean martinez aint really a draw chavez jr would bring in most the fans i also think sergio would need a KO or he gets robbed[/QUOTE] Sergio will give him a boxing lesson I think Jnr is the one…

Comment by Carpe Diem on 06-19-2012

Make it a double-header. But this is boxing, both promoters are narcissistic and only cares about fattening their pockets. [QUOTE]Larry Merchant: "Nothing will kill boxing, and nothing can save it."[/QUOTE] That was well said, Larry.

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