Sergio Martinez UD12 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Sergio Martinez successfully defended his recognized undisputed middleweight championship and won back the WBC title that was stripped from him by defeating challenger Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by unanimous decision. The first eleven rounds were uncompetitive blowouts in favor of Martinez. He used his superior ring IQ, speed, foot movement, and technique to tattoo Chavez Jr. The rounds were so lopsided that the judges had no choice but to award them to Martinez or face scathing criticism and, potentially, investigations. In the twelfth round Chavez awoke echoes of his father's come from behind victory over Meldrick Taylor by hurting and dropping Martinez with three left hooks with 1:23 remaining in the fight. For reasons I still cannot figure out, aside from bravado, a hurt Martinez elected to trade with Chavez rather than holding to the final bell. After Chavez's past disrespects to the sport including failed drug tests, missing weight, and an all around laziness in training, it appears the boxing gods were not going to let Chavez win this one. Martinez survived the twelfth and won the fight by scores of 118-109 twice and 117-110. I scored the bout 18-109.
Aside from the result, a few things stood out to me about this match. Martinez still has great skills at 37. Chavez had a huge size advantage. By fight night, he had to have weighed close to if not above 190 pounds. The size difference was so large that Martinez did not look like he belonged in the same ring as Chavez. The thing that bothered Chavez the most in this bout was Martinez’s speed and foot movement. Chavez’s reflexes were not good enough to keep up with Martinez. Also, Chavez did not want to throw punches unless his feet were set. Martinez’s constant movement did not allow Chavez to set his feet, leading to the low punch output. I doubt it was much of a distraction, but Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. barking orders from his seat near the Chavez corner did not help matters. At the end of rounds, Chavez Sr. would tell some of the corner members under head trainer Freddie Roach what advice to give Chavez Jr. There should only be one voice in the corner. Too many voices along with too many instructions can lead to confusion and is generally ineffective.
Thanks to the near miracle in the twelfth round, the talk was about an immediate rematch. That talk was silenced after Chavez failed a post fight drug test. His drug of choice was marijuana. Since this is a second offense, Chavez faces up to a one year suspension. Chavez is such a big moneymaker that I doubt he gets a full year for this type of offense, but it is still possible. As for the rematch, I like Martinez assuming he does not show signs of aging. As long as Martinez implements a similar game plan, but fights while taking fewer risks, I think he wins another decision. Chavez Jr. has the confidence that he can hurt Martinez, but landing the shots to do so will still be hard. For Chavez to win the rematch, Martinez will have to age. The legs and speed will both have to slow. Since Martinez is already 37, there is a good chance just that can happen.
With the win, Martinez improves to 50-2-2, 28 KOs. The loss drops Chavez Jr. to 46-1-1, 32 KOs.
Roman Martinez SD12 Miguel Beltran Jr.
Roman Martinez won the vacant WBO super featherweight title with a split decision win over Miguel Beltran Jr. Scores for the bout were 114-113 twice for Martinez. The other card was 116-111 for Beltran. Martinez had more trouble with Beltran than I thought he would. Aside from that, this bout closed off a very underwhelming undercard. Martinez upped his record to 26-1-1, 16 KOs. Beltran falls to 27-2, 17 KOs.
Guillermo Rigondeaux UD12 Robert Marroquin
Guillermo Rigondeaux successfully defended his WBA super bantamweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision win over Robert Marroquin. Scores for the bout were 118-108, 118-108, 118-109. I have nothing really to say about this bout and its result. Though he did not get a stoppage, Rigondeaux dominated as expected. Rigondeaux is now 11-0 with 8 KOs. Marroquin falls to 21-2, 15 KOs.
Matthew Macklin KO1 Joachim Alcine
Former middleweight title Challenger Matthew Macklin scored an emphatic first round knockout over former junior middleweight titlist Joachim Alcine. I thought Macklin's advantages in size, power, level of opposition, and age would lead him to victory, but I was not expecting a blowout. However, hindsight being 20/20, I am not that surprised. Alcine was knocked out in one at junior middleweight by Alfred Angulo and in six by Daniel Santos. This win alone should not put Macklin back in title contention, but could serve to set up a bigger bout which will. Macklin is now 29-4, 20 KOs. Alcine is now 33-3-1, 19 KOs.