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Martinez's training camp notes
Sergio Martinez's charitable deeds outside of the ring serve as a sharp contrast to his brutal, razor-like efficiency inside of it.
When he meets WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in their HBO Pay Per View-televised clash on Sept. 15 from The Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez vows to brutalize his 26-year-old Mexican rival by using his straight-ahead style against him.
The son of the former champion by the same name, Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 knockouts) is coming off a seventh-round stoppage victory over challenger Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) in June, and will also be featured on HBO's 2 Days: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Meanwhile, Martinez, 37, is in pursuit of his sixth straight win, and his fifth consecutive knockout during that run, having left his past five opponents beaten badly.
Former undisputed middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, former two-time welterweight titleholder Paul Williams and top contender Matthew Macklin were all left with badly bleeding faces after having lost to the Argentine, with Williams being stopped in the second round and Macklin, in the 11th,.
Previously unbeaten Darren Barker suffered a perforated eardrum during an 11th-round stoppage loss to Martinez, and previously unbeaten Sergei Dzinziruk was dropped five times during an eighth-round knockout loss.
The following are Martinez's training camp notes taken from a press release distributed by HBO in association of fight promoters Lou DiBella Entertainment, which has Martinez, and Top Rank, which handles Chavez.
In it, Martinez discusses his charitable ventures outside of boxing, which serve as a sharp contrast to what it takes to be the polished fighter whose razor-like fists have sliced up opponents.
Thursday, August 23: Martinez - You’re involved with multiple charities and causes, you participated in a TV dance competition back home in Argentina, and you generally represent the sport with class. Do you consider yourself an example that a boxer doesn’t have to take on a thuggish persona to be a world-class fighter?
Photo by Ed Diller, Top Rank/DiBella Entertainment
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