Martinez aide says Chavez rematch possible
MANILA, Philippines – For Argentina’s Sergio Martinez, a rematch against Mexican prodigy Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is more “viable” than a fight against undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
This, according to Martinez’s advisor, Sampso Lewkowicz.
Last September 15, Martinez outclassed Chavez over 11 rounds but had to survive a wild 12th round wherein he nearly got knocked out. He still won via unanimous decision.
Martinez has remained open to a rematch with the young Mexican, but may also be seeking a fight against Mayweather.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Lewkowicz however admitted that “the fight with Mayweather is less viable than the rematch with Chavez.”
“We will review our options, but for now, there is nothing. Only possibilities,” he added. “At this moment, I can’t tell you any specific name but Sergio wants to fight with the best.”
A rematch with Chavez is possible for May or September 2013, Lewkowicz said. The Mexican boxer is currently serving a suspension after he failed a post-fight drug test.
Lewkowicz said that a Chavez rematch may even take place in Martinez’s hometown of Argentina.
“If there is a viable offer to fight in Argentina, we will do it,” he said. “I have even heard that Chavez would be willing to go to South America, which demonstrates that he is a great warrior who have earned the respect of the entire Martinez team for his bravery.”
Moreover, a rematch with Chavez will give Martinez a chance to prove that his near-knockout in the 12th round was merely a fluke.
“If there is any doubt, with people believing that Chavez could have knocked him out, he wants to demonstrate that he couldn’t,” Lewkowicz said. “That was only his carelessness.”