Photo: Ramon Cairo – Argentina Boxing Promotions
Still fresh from Saturday’s KO win and practically without rest, Javier “La Bestia” Maciel is already getting set for what’s coming, a dangerous and first class challenge. The Argentinean and WBO Latino jr middleweight champion and former world title challenger has begun his training for his second performance abroad, when he faces undefeated Armenian-born American Vanes Martirosyan in an important jr middleweight bout that will be televised worldwide on April 6th in Macao, China. WBO #6 Maciel (25-2, 18 KOs) will face WBO #1, IBF #6, WBC #11 Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs) in a duel which will leave the winner at the gates of fighting for the WBO junior middleweight world title, now held by Zaurbek Baysangurov. After receiving from his manager and promoter, Mario Margossian, head of Argentina Boxing Promotions, the confirmation and signing the contract, “La Bestia” expressed his satisfaction of facing such a challenge, and far from being intimidated, he made clear what he thinks about it.
“I’m very happy to fight Martirosyan, being part of such an important evening, and fighting again abroad. I never imagined I would go to Macao. I’m going to work in the best way for the fight. I am more mature than the first time I fought out of my country and settled in my weight division”, said the 28-year-old Maciel, who after making the distance against WBO middleweight world champion Dmitry Pirog in Russia, on March 2011 went down to the 154 pounds and has made four defenses of his WBO Latino belt, besides having won the Argentine crown.
“The experience in Russia helped me a lot. Though I might have gone in better condition, it helped me to know what I don’t have to do. Now I’m much more prepared, more experienced and in my division”, said Maciel.
In spite of facing the #1 world ranked by the OMB, who has fought renowned boxers of the U.S. market, Maciel is not intimidated. “A new opportunity is opening for me and I am planning on taking it. I’ll give my best”, he anticipated.
When referring to his opponent, he expressed his respect but also his confidence. “I watched some fights of Martirosyan. From what I saw, he is a fighter who goes forward to attack and throws a lot of punches. I think I may have more strength than him, but he is faster than me. That’s why I have to work to improve my speed, to constantly throw punches and in a bigger number of them. I still have things to improve, but I know that I can win”, he considered.
With the confidence of fighting in the division in which he belongs and summing his sixth knockout definition in his last seven performances, “The Beast” knows this is his time. If he wants to get the world title chance that he yearns, he is aware he will have to go to the next level in order to defeat a an opponent far superior to those he has fought.
“This is what I was waiting for. I got an opportunity in my division. It comes at a great time for me. I know it’s difficult, and for that I have been preparing, to fight the best. I will do everything to take it, because I want to go for a world title. But this is first. I can feel myself winning”, he concluded.