Sergio Martinez: “Chavez Senior should be ashamed of himself. However with Junior, let’s stop talking and let’s see each other in the ring!”

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with the recognized Middleweight Champion of the World, Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) who will be squaring off against former title challenger Matthew Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) this Saturday, March 17 at Madison Square Garden. Marinez spoke about his upcoming fight, his opponent, and more! Here is what Sergio had to say:

Regarding his upcoming March 17 fight against Matthew Macklin:

“It will be a very difficult fight. I’m very motivated and I am very sure that I will win by KO.”

His views on how he expects Macklin to fight him:

“I expect him to be attacking for three minutes of every round like he did with Felix Sturm and I will be ready for that.”

Regarding fighting in front of a pro-Macklin crowd on St. Paddy’s Day:

“I’ve been here before where I was the stranger in the arena, so it will be no problem for me.”

On whether he feels he will silence his critics who claimed he was slowing down and showing his age in his knockout victory against Darren Barker last time out:

“I don’t believe that I’m slowing down. I don’t know what people were thinking, but I was really hurt with a lot of injuries, but I will prove myself this Saturday. I’m still in the best shape of my life.”

Whether he believes the best is still yet to come for him in his career:

“That’s for sure! I continue working and upgrading myself, and I will bring into boxing much more than the fans expect.”

On whether he believes an impressive victory against Macklin can get him any closer to one of the super fights he desires:

“The only thing I’m thinking at this moment is about Saturday night, and I won’t think about anything else. That most likely would happen on Monday.”

His views on comments made by Julio Cesar Chavez Senior regarding a fight between Martinez and his son Julio Cesar Chavez Junior:

“Well the father is an idol! He was a great champion, but all of what he thought was shameful. Chavez Senior should be ashamed of himself. However with Junior, let’s stop talking and let’s see each other in the ring!”

On whether he believes it is possible that him and Chaves Junior can ever actually meet in the ring:

“I don’t think Chavez will take the fight, but you never know. So let’s wait and see.”

Regarding what he believes he needs to do to be successful against Matthew Macklin:

“I worked very hard for this Saturday and I will definitely win by KO. I have no doubts that I will come out victorious by KO.”

Whether he believes that a mediocre effort against Macklin might be beneficial to Martinez in the sense it will help him land a fight with Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao:

“I always prepare myself the way that I’m supposed to for the public. Whatever people think about whether it happens or doesn’t happen doesn’t make a difference now.”

On whether he had any message he wants to pass along to all of his fans and supporters:

“I will give everything this Saturday for all of my fans! Whoever can come down to Madison Square Garden it’s on March 17, or you can watch it on HBO. But definitely I will give a very good fight that everybody will be proud of!”


For those interested in listening to the Sergio Martiniez interview in its entirety, it begins approximately one hour and two minutes into the program.



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Article posted on 17.03.2012

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