Martinez holds off Chavez for Middleweight Title belt [Video]!
“I was 20 seconds away from knocking him out. I started way too late,” Chavez said. “I didn’t really get started until the eighth round.”
“I knew Martinez was good,” said Chavez’s trainer Freddie Roach. “I didn’t know how good. This was a good lesson for Julio, he needed to let his hands go sooner.”
“If Julio wants a rematch, we’ll do a rematch,” Martinez said. – espn
Sergio Martinez held off Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and took the WBC Middleweight Championship belt in a unanimous decision win on Saturday night! It all went down at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas, NV! The fight WENT THE DISTANCE, Martinez DOMINATED THE FIRST 11 ROUNDS, but Chavez SHOWED UP, came back and almost KNOCKED OUT Martinez in the 12TH ROUND!
In that EPIC 12TH ROUND, Chavez landed a nasty left hook and sent Martinez to the floor! Martinez got back up, and was immediately sent right back down after a flurry of combo punches! Then the bell sounded before Chavez could finish him! Chavez is no longer undefeated, and Martinez got back the belt he was stripped of not too long ago for not fighting a mandatory challenger! There was no celebration for Chavez on the Mexican Independence Day weekend, but a REMATCH IS DEFINITELY IN ORDER with his 12th round clapback! Check out the video above and fight stats below!
Fight Stats: Martinez won 118-110 on two judge’s scorecards, and 117-110 on the third. The Associated Press scored it 118-110 in favor of Martinez. Chavez fell to 46-1-1, while Martinez improved to 50-2-2. According to Ringside punch stats, Martinez landed 322 of 908 punches, while Chavez landed 178 of 390 punches. Martinez worked his right jab landing 140 shots, and keeping Chavez at a distance. In terms of condition, Martinez is still hospitalized with a broken left hand and a busted right knee (suffered in 12th round knock down), while Chavez was bleeding from his nose busted face and left with a bruised ego.