Pablo Sarmiento, the trainer for Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) revealed that Martinez fought with a broken left hand from the 4th round on in beating WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) last Saturday night in ripping the World Boxing Council title from Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sarmiento said to ESPN “He [Martinez] suffered a broken left hand in round four.”
That tells you more about how Martinez is, because for him to dominate a fighter like Chavez Jr. without his power, it really shows you what kind of fighter Martinez is. This also tells you a little bit about Chavez Jr. If he couldn’t beat a one-armed Martinez in the last 8 rounds of the fight then how could Chavez Jr. ever stand a chance against a healthy Martinez fighting with two good hands.
Chavez Jr. lost the first 11 rounds of the fight against Martinez last Saturday night, but was able to rally a bit by dropping Martinez in the 12th. However, Chavez Jr. was so badly behind in the fight that he ended up losing the fight when he failed to knock Martinez out.
I think perhaps Chavez Jr. and his promoter Bob Arum should reconsider facing Martinez in a rematch because it’s too dangerous for him. If Martinez is healthy doesn’t suffer any additional bad injuries in a rematch then Chavez Jr could be in for a really, really bad beating.
What Chavez Jr. needs is to spend more time in training camp working on sparring with good fighters before he thinks about trying to fight Martinez again. Right now, he’s not ready to fight Martinez against based on how he looked last Saturday.