COMMENTARY | Sergio Martinez had a near-perfect performance during his 2012 clash against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., putting on a boxing clinic during the first 11 rounds of their encounter.
Chavez eventually came to life during the final round, sending Martinez to the canvas twice (only one was officially ruled a knockdown), mounting a decent comeback attempt.
Even though Chavez didn't mount any significant offensive until the 12th round of his showdown against Martinez, the idea of a rematch didn't seem that far-fetched. After all, if Chavez fought the way he did during the final round the entire bout, things could have turned out differently.
However, a lot has changed since then.
After handing Chavez Jr. his first loss, Martinez went on to do the same to then-undefeated Martin Murray, increasing his total to four undefeated records snapped during his last five outings.
Chavez Jr. on the other hand put on a dismal performance during his next outing against Bryan Vera after failing to make weight (after increasing the weight limit a few times), but he was saved by the judges who handed him a controversial unanimous decision.
Still, Julio's stock as a boxer dropped significantly after his lackluster performance against Vera, and that might end up costing him a rematch against Martinez since the Argentine is no longer interested according to his manager, Sampson Lewkowicz.
Matter of fact, Sergio would rather fight Vera.
"Martinez called me and said Chavez Jr. does not deserve a rematch," Lewkowicz said during a conversation with Carlos Narvaez. "We know that he will not make the weight. But anyway, regardless of the weight, he does not deserve a rematch because he has no respect for the sport. Bryan Vera deserves Martinez more than Chavez. This does not mean that he is the most appropriate opponent, but he deserves it more. For Martinez, Vera is the official winner of that fight."
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