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Sergio Martinez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Preview: Start Time, Odds

Saturday Night Boxing and will will see Sergio Martinez take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for the World Middleweight Title from Las Vegas. The start time for this bout is scheduled for 11:00 PM (Eastern) and will be televised live on Pay Per View. Currently at Sportsbook.ag the Odds have Sergio Martinez favored at -200, while Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is a dog of +170.

Ever since Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO's) scored a devastating second round knockout against Paul Williams, he has been gunning for a big name opponent. Unfortunately for Martinez, he was unsuccessful in his attempts to lure boxing superstars Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao into the squared circle. Therefore the 2010 ‘Fighter of the Year’ has been biding his time, having spent the last three years taking on lesser known competition in the forms of Serhiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker, and Matthew Macklin. This Saturday night Martinez will finally get his chance to shine when he takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Junior tonight.

Lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez typically smiles broadly and is in a jovial mood before fights. He has always been respectful toward his opponents, and nary a negative word leaves his mouth. So it was a stark contrast to see his display at the final news conference for his fight against titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Wednesday at the Wynn Las Vegas: Martinez, with his traditional dark glasses, stood at the podium and gave Chavez a tongue-lashing. "I will break his face a thousand times," Martinez said through translator and adviser Sampson Lewkowicz. "This will not be an easy knockout. I will punish him a lot. And after that, I will knock him out and he will suffer a lot." 

Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KOs), for his part, has given it right back to Martinez, but often with a smile on his face."I think he's talking because he's scared," Chavez said through translator and Top Rank publicist Ricardo Jimenez. "He has something inside of him that makes him have to justify that he's fighting me. He doesn't give me any respect, but he's here fighting me. If I don't deserve to be here, why is he training so hard to beat me? He's very jealous of my stature in boxing."

The story of this match will most likely be determined by how well Chavez can react to Martinez’s punches. If he can withstand Sergio’s shots the same way he absorbed those of his previous two opponents, Marco Antonio Rubio and Lee, then this might wind up being a long night for Martinez. This, however, might prove trickier than it appears on the surface because raw punching power alone will not determine how well Chavez takes Martinez’s best shots. Unlike Rubio and Lee, Martinez is more unorthodox in his approach and is better at utilizing unusual punching angles. This means that Chavez must be aware of the type of shots that cause the most damage, which are of course those that you never see coming.

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