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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Martinez and Chavez Jr. come to NYC

By Michael Woods

The best middleweight in the world will be crowned on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas, when Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. face off, in a bout which will be presented on HBO pay-per-view. A press conference to hype the scrap, which is being promoted by Top Rank's Bob Arum, Junior's promoter, and New Yorker Lou DiBella, Martinez's promoter, unfolded Thursday afternoon at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown.

Arum took to the mike and lauded the scrap as being what the fight fans deserve. DiBella then said that this sort of event, the best fighting the best, is what can save boxing from stuff that drags it down, like bad decisions by boxing. Martinez's trainer Pablo Sarmiento said that on September 15 "we will shut his mouth," speaking of Chavez. Martinez's adviser Sampson Lewkowicz admitted that three fights ago, he thought this fight was a mismatch. Not so now, because Chavez has come of age. Check back for more on the presser ...