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Roach: Chavez Has a Good Shot To Beat Sergio Martinez

By Jhonny Gonzalez

Trainer Freddie Roach is very happy with the technical improvements of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. On Saturday night in Culiacan, Mexico, Chavez will face Billy Lyell in a fight that is likely going to prelude a showdown with WBC champion Sebastian Zbik in May. After that, Chavez would look for a possible fight with the recognized champion at 160-pounds, Sergio Martinez. Roach would like to see that fight at the end of the year. He feels Chavez has a very good shot to win.

"Martinez has said he wants to fight with Manny Pacquiao but Pacquiao is too small for him. I'd like to see him fight Chavez and I think Julio would have a good chance of winning. Martinez is a great athlete but not a great fighter. He has weaknesses," said Roach.

Chavez would like the opportunity to fight Martinez.

 "Of course I would like to face Martinez. I would like to fight the best in the world and I'm prepared for that. But for now, I think that I need to win the fight on Saturday because I think it's going to open a lot of doors for me in my career," Chavez said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 02-01-2011

[QUOTE=size15shoe;10032613]Im not a fan of Martinez, but unlike other peeps on the boards who are deep rooted haters, Im not going to say that Chavez will destroy him the way people feel that Paul Williams, Tim Bradley and Amir Khan…

Comment by Plaster...Sad. on 01-30-2011

[QUOTE=boxingfan76;10020920]stfu cotto idiot, after cotto gets his ass -kicked yet again by mayorga, and everybody else he fights, jr will be glad to ko him on route to a title shot. martinez ko'd a welterweight and is old , youll…

Comment by size15shoe on 01-30-2011

Im not a fan of Martinez, but unlike other peeps on the boards who are deep rooted haters, Im not going to say that Chavez will destroy him the way people feel that Paul Williams, Tim Bradley and Amir Khan…

Comment by GOD-FR33 on 01-30-2011

I think that CHAVEZ is a C-LEVEL fighter at the moment will A-LEVEL potential. He is a very good technical fighter who does everything well. Eventually, I expect him to reach the A-LEVEL by the end of his career. The…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 01-29-2011

Roach has to say this because Sergio Martinez with his new status and position at 160, he can basically fight whoever he wants and if Chavez tries to turn down a challenge from Martinez then it could be a bad…

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