Sergio Martinez has
promised a knockout when he steps into the ring against the
reigning WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez
The two are set to clash on
September 15 at
the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, in what is one of the
most eagerly anticipated fights of the year.
The build-up has been fraught
throughout with heated exchanges between the pair, as they vie to
prove who the best in the 160lb weight category is.
Argentine Martinez goes into the
bout regarded as one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in
the world having beaten most of the top names in the middleweight
division, including a knockout of British star Darren Barker last
Now the man dubbed 'Marvellous'
has added even more fuel to the fire by vowing to knockout a man
whom he regards as living of the name of his father, and the
greatest Mexican fighter of all time, Julio Cesar Chavez.
"He doesn't deserve to be a world
champion. He got there by his name and being the son of the legend.
His mouth is bigger than his brain. He's been talking too much and
that is what really set me off," said Martinez.
"He'll be fighting the best, but
it doesn't matter if he's had the best training camp of his career.
He's going to get knocked out anyway. I'm one of the best pound for
"I believe that I am number two
at this moment. That's why I'll win. I don't really know what to
look for, but I just know that I'm better than him," he added.
Martinez believes that the
impending clash will prove categorically who the best in the
"I'll be recognised as the real
middleweight champion. Most people already know, but Chavez Jr has
a title that I'll be taking on September 15. I not only want the
title, but I want to take it from Chavez Jr," he added.
Despite the fact he is undefeated
and already a world champion, question marks have been placed over
the 26-year-old Chavez Jr but this is something he has grown used
"I can't change who I am, but I
think I have proven myself over time. I have done this on my own
and I have my own story now. I'm facing one of the best in the
world right now and that alone should show what I'm all about. A
champion must face the best and beat the best," he said.
"My strength will be one of the
keys in this fight, but it won't be all of it. You'll see a
complete boxer and some things from me that you've never seen. He
(Martinez) fights differently and moves around. I have the strategy
to beat him and you'll see it on the 15th. I've done lots of good
work in sparring with guys who are tougher than Martinez. I can't
tell you now, but you'll see some great things from me," Chavez Jr
Irish ace Matt Macklin, who
fought Martinez earlier this year, is also set to appear on the
bill as he takes on former world champion Joseph Alcine from