The WBC ordered by unanimous votes that the mandatory defense of WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has to be against the diamond champion Sergio Martinez but also allowed that if both parties reach an agreement, they can have voluntary defenses and then the winner of each bout fight between them for the WBC title. Chavez Jr called WBC President Jose Sulaiman to ask his approval for his voluntary defense on February 4, so the Sulaiman called Sergio Martinez who accepted that Chavez Jr. be allowed to fight because he will also fight in March, so both boxers agreed to a fight between them after their voluntary defenses.
I applaud the WBC for forcing Chavez Jr’s hand and making the next defense of his title against Sergio Martinez, but it doesn’t really matter what they do. If Chavez Jr refuses to take the fight against Maravilla then Chavez Jr will just be stripped of his title.
Stripping a fighter of his title used to mean something. That has gone by the wayside these days. I realize this is a generality, but most boxers don’t care for titles like they used to. Oh sure if they win one it’s an extremely exhilarating feeling, but now they care more for how many zero’s are at the end of their check.
Chavez Jr’s own people said they wouldn’t want to take a fight with Maravilla because it isn’t worth it to them monetarily. In other words, they know Martinez would expose Chavez for the mediocre talent that he really is.
I would be thoroughly surprised it Chavez Jr actually steps into the ring with Martinez, so would Top Rank (Chavez Jr’s promoter). He will most likely
The better match-up, in my opinion, would be a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight. It would be The Battle for Mexico and would probably shatter all sorts of Mexican viewership/gate records.
Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson for Khan’s WBA & IBF junior welterweight titles
In one word that would be how I would describe the fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson.
Simply a fantastic fight. After a rough first round for Peterson, where he had a slip and was knocked down, he had a solid second round. After the second round though it was “on”. Peterson began to masterfully work Khan to the body. Khan didn’t pay nearly as much attention to Peterson’s body, but work upstairs with awesome hand speed that Peterson had trouble with the entire fight.
The fight had numerous ebbs and flows as Peterson would take control and back Khan against the ropes with hard shots to the body and once against the ropes he would gash Khan with vicious uppercuts. Khan would respond to this by pushing Peterson off of him, repeatedly. Eventually Khan would be penalized a point in round 7 (justified, in my opinion) and against in round 12 (slightly less justified). Khan would turn the tables and use his superior hand speed and quickness to throw multiple punch combinations and jump out of reach before Peterson would mount any counter attack.
Throughout the exchanges it appeared that Khan clearly had the faster hands and Peterson was demonstrably better on the inside.
So far I am making up for a poor weekend with a decent week this week. Here’s hoping is continues!
UCLA Bruins (6-6) @ #9 Oregon Ducks (10-2) Pick: Oregon -31 & taking the over (66.5)
Reason: A 31 point spread is a gigantic number, I know, but UCLA is probably the worst team to play in a conference championship game ever. They gave up nearly 31 points a game, combine that with the face that Oregon nearly 46 and it’s a recipe for successfully covering a 31 point spread and going over 66.5 combined points.
#9 Florida Gators (5-1) @ #3 Syracuse Orange (7-0) Pick: Syracuse -6 & taking the over (148.5)
Reason: I like the Orange to cover the spread by attacking a suspect Florida defense. The over (148.5) seems to be relatively easy to meet with Florida averaging 90.9 ppg and the Orange at 83.1 ppg.
Cincinnati Bearcats (4-2) @ Georgia Bulldogs (4-3) Pick: Georgia +1.5
Reason: Cincinnati is pretty terrible. Combined with the fact that Georgia has 3 of their 4 total wins at home and that equals a Georgia win.
#19 Vanderbilt Commodores (5-2) @ #6 Louisville Cardinals (6-0) Pick: Louisville -8
Reason: Louisville is off to a fantastic start (injuries be damned!) and is playing some ridiculous defense holding opponents to under 50 ppg on the season. The Cardinals are also 5-0 at home.