Pablo Sarmiento: "The heavier Chavez is, the better"Written by Sam Gregory
Tonight from the sold out Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez 49-2-2 with 28 KO's makes his PPV headlining debut to defend his RING Magazine middleweight title against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 46-0-1 with 32 KO's, the WBC belt holder.
Martinez vs Chavez Jr start time will be 9 pm EDT and the bout will be broadcast live on HBO pay-per-view.
With Floyd Mayweather running out of feasible opponents and Manny Pacquiao's stock fading, we could very well be looking at a future PPV cash cow.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, with his record of 46-0-1 with 32, knockouts has become a serious threat in the middleweight division; especially under the tutelage of Freddie Roach.
But unitil recently, Chavez was never thought of anything else than a fighter who rode the coattails of his father's name to the top of his division. Even though he doesn't have a list of elite contenders on his resume, his size makes him a definite threat in the middleweight ranks.
At 6' 1" and usually stepping in the ring at 180+ pounds, Chavez's primary advantages are his size and strength and he will need every bit those things tonight to stand any chance against the 37 year old southpaw who is considered by many as one of the top five fighters in the world.
But Martinez's trainer, Pablo Sarmiento, believes Chavez' size will play right into their gameplan.
Chavez is known to re-hydrate 20+ lbs on the eve of his bouts, far exceeding the 160 lb middleweight limit, but Sarmiento isn't concerned and believes the bigger Chavez is, the easier it'll be for his fighter to carry out their plan of attack.
"I know he usually weighs between 180 and 185 pounds. For me I hope he weighs 190 pounds. The heavier Chavez is on Saturday, the better for us. There will be more for us to hit. This is what we want. He will be there for us to hit and he will be slow."
To win this bout, Sergio Martinez will need to keep Chavez from fighting on the inside and avoid the Mexican's battering hooks and vicious body attacks.
If Chavez isn't able to get on the inside and use his size and strength to his advantage, expect Martinez to control the fight all night.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr appears to be a legitimate contender - and he's even had a few impressive wins along the way. But when the bell rings, he will be facing the ultimate test.
There's no question Chavez's size will come into play, for better or worse, but as long as Martinez can stay on the outside and keep Chavez at bay with his speed, superior footwork and southpaw style, Martinez will deliver another dominant performance, not unlike his bout with Kelly Pavlik and rematch against Paul Williams.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.