Martinez vs Chavez Jr: The Biggest Middleweight Bout in 11 YearsWritten by Mark Weber
Almost 11 years ago to date and just weeks after the horrific events that took place on September 11, one of the all time greats, Felix Trinidad( 40-0 at the time), was set to defend his WBA Middleweight championship against Philadelphia's Bernard Hopkins (39-2-1 at the time), the IBF and WBC middleweight belt holder.
The bout took place in New York City on September 29, 2001 and Bernard Hopkins, not a household name at the time, entered the ring as the underdog for the first time in many years.
The winner would become the first undisputed middleweight champion since Marvin Hagler in 1987. (The WBO title was not recognized at the time)
Previously, Hopkins defeated the WBC champion Keith Holmes while Trinidad defeated utterly punished then-WBA champion William Joppy, stopping him in six rounds.
Felix Trinidad electrified the crowd, entering the ring in a NYPD hat to commemorate the many New York fire fighters who were lost in the tragic events of September 11, 2001; However, the crowd's energy and the many Puerto Ricans in attendance were not enough to propel Trinidad to victory as he was symtematically dismantled for first 11 rounds before Hopkins stopped him in the 12th round.
Many who remember Hopkins vs Trinidad, the buzz surrounding it, and the atmosphere to have the same feelings about tonight's bout between Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Argentinean Sergio Martinez who will contest for the RING Magazine and WBC Middleweight titles.
Much like the Hopkins vs Trinidad fight, there is a lot of hostility and trash talk for Martinez vs Chavez Jr. Nobody has defiled a Mexican or Argentinean flag but you can feel the level of hostility between the two.
The bad blood is real!
Hopefully, tonight's fight will be a little more competitive then Hopkins vs Trinidad!
But regardless, Martinez vs Chavez Jr is the biggest middleweight fight in 11 years and, like Hopkins vs Trinidad, will be a fight for the ages.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, I currently reside in South Jersey which is about 20 minutes away from Philly.
I'm a Communications major at Gloucester County College and lifelong fan of several sports, including Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing.
I fell in love with Boxing during the era of the little giants... Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao, and Juan Manuel Marquez.