ATLANTIC CITY NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Sergio Martinez celebrates after knocking out Paul Williams in the second round of their Middleweight Championship fight on November 20 2010 at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Undefeated boxing sensation Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been parading around town with the world middleweight championship. Yes, the same one the World Boxing Council (WBC) stripped from Sergio Martinez in 2011 thanks to some tomfoolery from HBO and the usual pugilistic politics.
"Maravilla" will finally have the opportunity to reclaim the strap, which Chavez Jr. recently usurped from Sebastian Zbick, when he slings leather against "The Legend Goes On" next Saturday night (Sept. 15, 2012), live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And MMAmania.com will be there.
In case you missed our previous announcement, your favorite mixed martial arts (MMA) blogger has partnered with AT&T to bring you live coverage of "Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez" all next week, including real-time updates and on-the-scene coverage from "Sin City."
After the jump, we'll take a closer look at Martinez the man, as well as the boxer.
Sergio Martinez (Argentina)
Record:49-2-2, 28 knockouts
Biggest win: Stopped Paul Williams in their 2010 rematch
In his own words (via ESPN.com):
"What is important is dedicating yourself to your profession and acting like a professional, and with hard work and a good, clean lifestyle, you can possibly be a world-class fighter. In my whole life, I have never drank alcohol or smoked tobacco, have always eaten healthy and always stayed active. I believe this is, physically, the recipe to being a world-class fighter. But it's also a mental challenge to get to that level. You have to be prepared mentally, and if you have some of the nuisances that come along with a thuggish persona, then it will be very difficult to reach that level of being a world-class fighter."
His greatest hits (via HBO Boxing):
Be sure to check back tomorrow for a closer look at Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., now less than a week away from their epic grudge match.