Stats & Info: Sergio Martinez

Chavez Jr.’s 12th-Round Rally Falls Short

September, 16, 2012

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Sergio Martinez retains his RING championship and wins the WBC title with a unanimous decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Sergio Martinez looked like one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet. The lineal middleweight champion outclassed 26-year old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for 11 rounds.

Then came the 12th round.

In a furious rally, Chavez Jr. dropped the champion and looked like he was about to repeat what his famous father did 22 years ago on St. Patrick’s Day.

That night, the lion of Culiacan stopped Meldrick Taylor with just two seconds left to unify the junior welterweight title. He was trailing on two of three scorecards at the time.

History did not repeat itself as the crafty 37-year old champion managed to survive for his 50th professional win. All three judges scored the fight for Martinez.

The numbers show how dominant Martinez was on Saturday.

According to Compubox, Martinez out-landed Chavez Jr. by 144 total punches (322-178). There was a much wider margin in total punches thrown. “Maravilla” held the advantage in that department by 518 (908-390).

Chavez Jr. did land at a higher percentage, specifically in power shots. He landed over 50 percent of his attempts.

Martinez landed 45 percent of his power punches. In the end, it was Martinez’ balanced attack that controlled the majority of the fight.

Say what you will about Chavez Jr. and his list of suspect opponents in the early part of his career.

You cannot deny the toughness he showed this night in Las Vegas. Even in defeat, Mexican fight fans can shout “Viva, Mexico” as the celebration for the nation’s independence has officially begun.

Chavez's youth, freshness may favor him

September, 13, 2012
Top Rank/Chris FarinaJulio Cesar Chavez Jr. is looking for another reason to celebrate on Saturday.

On Saturday, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. looks to start his own era in boxing. For this to happen, he must wrestle the recognized middleweight championship of the world from Sergio Martinez.

How tough will this be?

Martinez has been the dominant 160-pounder on the planet for the last two years. During his five-fight win streak, Martinez’ opponents had a combined record of 163-5.

Martinez stopped four of those opponents, including a second-round knockout of Paul Williams.

The fighter known as “Maravilla” is ranked in the top four, according to both ESPN and THE RING Magazine, among the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers.

Martinez is likely on the downswing of his career. You could argue Martinez has never suffered a legitimate defeat.

Many felt he was on the wrong side of a majority decision against Paul Williams in December 2009.

His other loss came at the hands of Antonio Margarito in February 2000 (the same Margarito who was suspended for using illegal hand wraps).

An advantage Chavez may have in his corner is his youth. He is 11 years younger than the champion.

Chavez Jr. has faced tougher opposition as of late. In his last outing, Chavez Jr. stopped Andy Lee (who entered with a 28-1 record) in 7 rounds. Prior to that, he defeated a game Marco Antonio Rubio, who was coming off a 10-fight win streak.

Chavez Jr. comes from a boxing-rich bloodline. During his career, his father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., won world titles in three different weight classes (the first Mexican ever to do that).

He went unbeaten in his first 90 fights (89-0-1), before dropping a decision to Frankie Randall in 1994.

Chavez Sr.’s 31 wins in title fights is still a boxing record. He retired in 2005 with a record of 107-6-2. In 2011, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Inside the Numbers

During the fighters’ last four matches, Chavez Jr. has been able to land a greater percentage of punches compared to Martinez. The chart on the right shows the difference.

Chavez also has less wear-and-tear on his body.

He has only five fewer fights on his resume than Martinez (48 to 53), but it’s the total number of rounds fought which provides a possible edge. Martinez has fought 139 additional rounds than Chavez Jr. has in his career.

Information from CompuBox was used in this post.