Pound-for-pound contender Sergio Martinez is set to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for the WBC middleweight title of the world on September 15th. This is a very good fight that has been made and usually it would attract a hell of a lot of views. However, there is another top class pay-per-view fight on exactly the same day. 'Canelo' (Saul Alvarez) Vs Victor Ortiz.
Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO's) was quick to realise this and issued a direct warning to Alvarez as he does not want anything ruining his first fight on a PPV.
|21-year old Saul Alvarez.|
The Martinez-Chavez fight is promoted by Top Rank and Lou DiBella and will be shown live on HBO, whereas the Alvarez-Ortiz fight is promoted solely by Golden Boy and will be shown live on Showtime. This is the first time in around five years that two big fights promoted by these will go head-to-head on exactly the same day. The last time was in June 2006, when Bernard Hopkins moved up to light-heavy to face Antonio Tarver (promoted by Golden Boy). On the same day was Miguel Cotto Vs Paulie Malignaggi (promoted by Top Rank.
Martinez also had a little bit to say about his opponent, Chavez Jr: "After I finish with Chavez, he will never make it to 168. He will retire very young."
I'm sure that one of the promotional companies will see sense and move their fight back or forward a week or two. These are two big fights that everyone wants to see, so the fact that we can only see one is pretty annoying for most fans. According to reports, Top Rank had the September 15th date pencilled in first so at the moment it looks it may be Golden Boy that have to change their date.