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Sulaiman: Chavez Jr. Must Fight Sergio Martinez or Vacate

By Miguel Rivera

The middleweight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC), Mexico's Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., is being pushed to defend his title against the mandatory challenger, Argentine's Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez - or in the alternative he must vacate the belt. A few months ago, WBC president Jose Sulaiman gave Chavez permission to make a voluntary defense against Peter Manfredo Jr. with the understanding that Martinez would fight the winner. Sulaiman's position is still the same.

"They continue to ask me about Martinez and Chavez. I answered this months ago and the answer is still the same. If [the fight] is not done, the title is vacant," said Sulaiman.

Chavez Jr., who won the WBC title in June, is unbeaten in 45 fights with 31 KOs and one draw. Martinez has a record of 48-2-2, with 27 KOs, and he holds the WBC's Diamond title at middleweight. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by brains4boxing on 12-02-2011

chavez will vacate and go down as the most pu$$iest champ ever...vacate 4 not wantin 2 fight the diamond champ....#3 pound4pound sergio martinez...he da 1 knockin his opponents out manny have not knocked nobody out n his last 4 fights

Comment by cotto#1p4p on 12-02-2011

I hope Roach backs up his BS talk about Sergio sucking and that he's only a great athlete. Then fckn fight him!!!!!

Comment by VaginaPuncher on 12-02-2011

He definitely needs to vacate. He's good but not good enough to fight martinez. I'd actually like to see Rubio and Martinez go at it for the belt. they both seem to want to want the title.

Comment by Catrin on 12-02-2011

Seriously...? wt happen to Rubio! He's been mandatory... anyways now we know why the rush to fight canelo cause if they stripped him he would not be the cashcow he is now! good for boxing Fight or Vacate! fight rubio…

Comment by newcastleking on 12-02-2011

jrs got a punchers chance to make it a fight as weve seen sergios been knocked down a few, but sergios experience and speed is probably way too good for chavez biiig flaws. it would be like sergio vs kelly.…

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