By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com caught up with WBC President Jose Sulaiman to talk about the recent WBC middleweight title fight between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Martinez was cruising to an easy points victory before getting knocked down in the twelfth round and narrowly escaping a knockout loss. The long time president said that the fight went exactly as he anticipated. He felt that Sergio would use his athleticism to box and move and that if Chavez had the chance to land punches that he would hurt the Argentine.
"Honest to God I was watching what I expected. I even told the press that Sergio Martinez will try to move to the right and the left and backward and forward and try to frustrate Chavez and that is what he did. He didn't leave a target for Chavez. The moment he stopped, he should have run the whole twelfth round but he didn't, is when it happened. He should have continued running until there was 30 seconds left in the fight before he did what he did but he was a great boxer that night that didn't allow Chavez to punch him," Sulaiman told Boxingscene.com.
Promoters Bob Arum and Lou DiBella were both were in favor of an immediate rematch before it was revealed that Chavez tested positive for marijuana in his post fight drug test.
My colleague Chris Robinson asked Sulaiman for his opinion regarding an immediate rematch between the two fighters and he answered by saying that there really isn't a need for a rematch at this point in time.
"The WBC regulations do not accept immediate rematches. Only in special circumstances (are immediate rematches allowed) and this fight was clear. Only if the world had a passionate request for an immediate rematch it should happen," advised Sulaiman.
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