Ricky Hatton, the British boxing legend and former world champion has insisted that his protégé Martin Murray boasts of the same fearless attitude that held him in good stead during his career and propelled him to championship glory. Murray travels to Latin America next week ahead of his showdown against Argentine boxing legend and the current Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on the 27th of April.
Hatton, who is a former world champion in two weight divisions, is currently acting as a promoter for the boxer who hails from St. Helen’s and will be present at ring side when Murray takes on Martinez at Buenos Aires. And according to The Hitman, Murray is absolutely not fazed at the prospect of facing the best Middleweight fighter in the world at the moment and is taking the challenge in his stride.
Murray was involved in an in-ring brawl against the World Boxing Association or the WBA Super world title holder Felix Strum back in 2011 and Hatton insists that fight has added to his confidence ahead of this fight against Sergio Martinez. And with a mere two weeks between now and the fight, Hatton finds himself extremely buoyed by the relaxed attitude that his protégé is displaying.
Hatton stated that one of the things he is capable of is he can tell which fighter has the potential to be a world champion just by looking at their attitude and added that from the very first day he met Murray, he has thought he has that in hordes.
He stated that Murray wasn’t awestruck when they traveled to Argentina for the press conference ahead of the fight against Sergio Martinez and believes he won’t be there just to make up the numbers and has insisted that he will give the Argentine a run for his money.
World Boxing Council or the WBC Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez has often been regarded as a man of his words and having promised to knockout his undefeated challenger Martin Murray when the two meet next month, the Argentine is working hard to follow through on the promise that he made for the bout that is scheduled for the 27th of April at the Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield stadium in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Martinez, who has a professional career record of 50-2-2 with 28 knockout wins, will have his first fight on home soil since 2002.
Murray had long been running his mouth against the Argentine, who is considered by many as among the greatest Middleweight fighters to have graced the boxing ring in recent past, drawing comparisons with past greats, threatening to knock him out and humiliate him. But Martinez, who is otherwise very cool when it comes to verbal confrontations promised to give the undefeated pugilist a fight he will never forget, and also promised him a knockout.
Speaking about the fight, Sergio Martinez stated that the situation is in the favor of Murray who has nothing to lose and all to gain. He added that this means he will not suffer from a lack of motivation when it comes to the fight. He went on to add that he believes he will give it his all and try and reach the final bell before adding that he will also try and live up to the promise he made – try and knock him out by the eighth round.
Sergio Martinez further mentioned that he will be well prepared for the fight, both physically and mentally so that he can deal with fighting against someone who is a lot younger and fitter compared to him in front of home support.
Britain’s unbeaten Middleweight fighter Martin Murray will be heading into the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires on the 27th of April to take on the World Boxing Council or the WBC Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. The bout will be taking place at the Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield stadium that seats 50,000 people in what is going to be the biggest challenge faced by an English boxer overseas in recent years. Murray is promoted by Ricky Hatton, a legend in his own right in the British boxing scene and according to him; his charge has a huge task on his hands.
Hatton acknowledged that the match against one of the greatest boxers to hail from Argentina in recent years in Martinez will be much like scaling a mountain for his charge. Hatton stated that Martin is very much aware of the fact that he is heading into the lion’s den for the match against Sergio Martinez where he is undoubtedly the underdog against arguably the best Middleweight fighter in the world at present as well as one of the best pound for pound fighters.
But Hatton also stated that the pairing reminds him of his own match against Tszyu where he was not even given the slimmest chances when he was on the top of his game. But like the case with any good champion, the reign inevitably comes to end and there is always an up and coming fighter to take his place. He went on to state that at 37 years of age, Sergio Martinez has shown signs in recent fights that he is not unbeatable and Martin has to exploit any weakness.
But Hatton is aware that Martinez is too experienced in big matches and he is surely going to start the match off as a sure favorite.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has always been known as a big mouth and trash talker, something that is not appreciated by most of his fellow professionals but he still continues to annoy them, this time, targeting Sergio Martinez, stating that he is afraid of facing him in a rematch. According to the clauses in their contract, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is slated for a rematch with Martinez if neither of the two suffer any setbacks in interim matches and as a result, many people are asking whether these claims from the Mexican has anything to do with hyping up the match.
The promoters of both the fighters also accept that a rematch is in the offing and have been in dialogue regarding a rematch on September 14 or near about in the fall. But Chavez Jr. believes Sergio Martinez is afraid of stepping inside the ring again, knowing that he will be knocked out. Speaking to BoxingScene.com, Chavez Jr. stated that Martinez knows he will be knocked out if they face off again and that is why he doesn’t want to give him a rematch.
However, it is certain that talks of a rematch have been said as if it was a certainty. Although the Argentine Martinez did state that the Mexican didn’t deserve to have a rematch, it is almost certain his words have been taken the wrong way by Chavez Jr.
It is a fact that based on the performance put up by Chavez Jr. in their last fight, he hardly merits a rematch. But the camp of Sergio Martinez is aware that there is no bigger fight available for him at this moment and with talks already underway regarding a rematch, there is just no feasibility in the claims made by the Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez has stated that he will step into the ring with the sole purpose of punishing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. when the two meet on Saturday, the 15th of September. Martinez will fight Chavez Jr. for the WBC Middleweight Championship and he stated that he wants to hand a good beating to the Mexican and wants to expose to the world that he is nothing but a paper champion, and his rise to the top wouldn’t have been possible without manipulation.
Martinez has been watching the videos of the past fights that the Mexican Chavez Jr. has had and the Argentine is not at all impressed with what he has seen. Sergio Martinez went to the extent of calling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. an oversized Middleweight fighter, adding that he belts down from the Cruiserweight division so that he can fight against fighters that are deemed small for the Middleweight division.
Chavez Jr. may be the champion technically, but in all fairness, the actual champion is Martinez as his title was stripped by the WBC, who handed it over to Sebastian Zbik. So, technically, Martinez did not lose the title and he is still, the rightful holder of the title. When Martinez was the champion, the manager of Chavez Jr. didn’t want his client to fight him. But with the WBC handing the title over to a weaker opponent in Zbik, Chavez Jr. seized the opportunity to capture the title.
However, the fight on Saturday will be all about the skill, power, experience and speed that Sergio Martinez boasts of against the size and youth of his opponent. And the way Martinez has been preparing for the fight, it is almost impossible to fathom that he will not win the match against Chavez Jr. and regain his title.
Ring Magazine Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez has vowed to take the teeth out of Mexican World Boxing Council Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. when they face each other in the ring. According to the Argentine boxer, who is known to his fans as The Wonder, when he will be finished with the 26 year old, he will have to gum his food or be spoon fed by his father, Julio Cesar Chavez, rather than be able to chew his food.
The 37 year old Argentine stated that there is no possible way in which the Mexican wonder can get the better of him inside the ring and promised to knock him out within 7 rounds of their upcoming match. Chavez Jr. is the son of Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez, who is widely considered as the greatest ever boxer to step inside the ring from Mexico and has been the world champion in different divisions on numerous occasions.
And recently, the senior Chavez blasted Sergio Martinez by calling him a ‘runner’, adding that his style of boxing actually stinks very badly. Martinez, who has a record of 49-2-2 with 28 knockout wins in his long career, has a point to prove to both the Chavez father and son duo, with the younger one stating that he would show the world that he is the best Middleweight boxer in the world by taking out Martinez.
Even the senior Chavez got involved in the war of words when he commented that Martinez was talking rubbish while celebrating his 50th birthday in New York, United States of America. Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez are scheduled to go head to head against each other on the 15th of September in the televised pay per view clash by HBO in Las Vegas, Nevada.