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Chavez-Martinez looks like a hit with fans

Photos: Greenday Gibbons

WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. gets in a late night workout at The Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Junior is putting the final touches on his training before facing arch rival Sergio Martinez on September 15th.

Meanwhile, Hall of Fame prompter Bob Arum says the response to Chavez-Martinez has exceeded expectations. “The ticket sales have been off the charts,” stated Arum. “The Thomas & Mack Center, where the fight is being held – the lower bowl and the floor, which is about 10,000 seats, sold out completely two weeks ago. Now the upper bowl has less than 900 seats available. We are looking at a sellout by the end of the week. We have opened up 6,000 to 7,000 closed circuit seats in the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, which is our host. The closed circuit sales around the country, supported by Joe Gagliardi, are tremendous. So we are on track to do very big pay-per-view business on this fight. Foreign sales are terrific. We are very enthused and it just goes to show if you give people a quality match, they will respond.”

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