By Miguel Maravilla
The press tour kicked off Tuesday at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles to announce and promote the anticipated September 15 middleweight showdown between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (49-2-2, 38 KOs) for Chavez’ WBC title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Legendary Julio Cesar Chavez returning to the city where he won his first world title stated, “Martinez is dream has come true, with all due respect Martinez has been talking a lot of bullshit. My son will have a tough fight but we are confident in his qualities to beat Martinez. I will admit in soccer Argentinians are better but Mexicans are better boxers and Martinez if you don’t remember a Mexican has already knocked you out and why not have a second Mexican do the same?”
Martinez promoter Lou DiBella said he would normally reply to Julio “but I have so much respect for him and he will kick the shit out of me.”
Martinez stated, “I want to thank Julio for accepting this tough fight…for him. If Chavez Sr. wants to take a picture now of his son, he should because after the fight he won’t recognize him. I am going to beat him up really good. I will pluck all of his feathers come September 15.”
“Those are rooster feathers not chicken,” Chavez’ co-promoter Fernando Beltran replied before introducing Julio.
“As a fighter he is one of the best, it will be a great fight I will train hard on September 15 and you will know who Julio Cesar Chavez is. Don’t have any doubt I will be the winner that night. Martinez, where are you going to go after you lose the fight?”
“I have never avoided him I am ready to give the fans the fight that they want,” Chavez Jr. told Fightnews.com. “Martinez is a great fighter with a difficult style but that is boxing, competition and I want to beat the best and that road goes through Martinez.”
“He was losing his credibility it was necessary, as well as for me also,” Martinez told Fightnews.com. “He did what he had to do which is win the fight [against Andy Lee].”
“This was a fight I was looking for and the opportunity was going away but we are happy that the fight is finally official.”
After the press tour wraps up on Friday in Mexico City, the fighters will begin their training camps. Chavez will begin training in the high altitude Mexican state of Toluca for twenty one days and resume his camp with trainer Freddie Roach in Hollywood. Martinez is scheduled to begin his camp July 15 in the coastal city of Oxnard, California.
“This will be the best fight and performance of my career and I’ll regain my title I never lost in the ring,” Martinez told Fightnews.com.
“Expect a great fight. I will be ready to give the fans a great fight and I will come out victorious,” Chavez told us.