Pablo Sarmiento: "The heavier Chavez is, the better"

Written by Sam Gregory at Sep 15, 2012 - 04:39PM ET in News
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.

Sergio Martinez's Trainer Pablo Sarmiento


"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.

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