Lem Satterfield

Martinez-Chavez Jr. press tour; Macklin-Alcine on undercard


Plans were formulated on Tuesday for a four-city press tour to promote the HBO Pay Per View-televised clash between RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and WBC titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. that is slated for the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Sept. 15.

According to Martinez’s promoter, Lou DiBella, the stops will be in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Mexico City, respectively, on July 10-through-13. Martinez, 37, is 49-2-2 with 28 knockouts, and Chavez, 26, is 46-0-1 with 32 stoppages.

DiBella, who promotes Martinez, informed RingTV.com of plans to create the tour on Tuesday in conjunction with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.

DiBella also said the Martinez-Chavez Jr. undercard will feature a matchup between middleweight Matthew Macklin (29-4, 19 KOs) of England and Haitian-born Joachim Alcine (33-2-1, 19 KOs) of Canada.

Promoted by DiBella, Macklin was last in the ring for an 11th-round stoppage loss to Martinez that he was leading throughout much of their bout in March.

Alcine was last in the ring for a majority decision victory over David Lemieux (26-2, 25 KOs) in December that followed a draw with Jose Medina in August.

“It looks like Macklin will probably fight Joachim Alcine on the undercard, and that’s a very good fight, by the way. Macklin is one of the most exciting middleweights in the world, and he gave Martinez a fight that one of the best of his career,” said DiBella.

“Macklin never has been in a bad fight in his career. He’s personable, he’s promotable and he’s developing a following in the United States. I think that the winner of Macklin-Alcine is a natural opponent for Chavez whether Chavez wins or loses.”

Alcine’s losses were by knockout in the first and sixth rounds by Alfredo Angulo and Daniel Santos in July of 2010 and July of 2008, respectively.

Also slated to be on the card are WBA junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux  (10-0, 8 KOs) and junior welterweight Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs).

A two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist, Rigondeaux is coming off a five-knockdown, fifth-round knockout of Teon Kennedy on June 9. Alvarado was last in the ring for an action-packed decision over Mauricio Herrera in April.

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Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com


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