Chavez must 'clear his name' before Martinez rematch


Posted at Oct 23 2012 05:23 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2012 01:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Former world middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico must first “clear his name” before aiming for a rematch against Argentinian champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.

Martinez defeated Chavez via a wide points decision when they fought in September but had to survive a torrid 12th round comeback by the Mexican fighter in the process.

It was revealed after the fight, however, that Chavez had failed a drug test. He has been sanctioned by the World Boxing Council and was asked to enter a rehabilitation center.

In a Boxing Scene report, Martinez said the young Mexican boxer must first clear his name before entertaining thoughts of a rematch. 

“He must clear his name. He stained boxing and stained the name of his family,” Martinez said of Chavez, who is the son of Mexico’s most beloved and popular boxer, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

Martinez also set further conditions for a rematch with Chavez.

“If he wants to take anti-doping tests, with urine and blood, then we can fight anytime,” he said.

Martinez is currently recovering from a hand injury and will also have to undergo surgery on his knee, which he injured against Chavez.

“I’ll be ready to fight from April,” he said. “I’ll need two weeks (to recover) after the operation. I’m nearly 38 and it’s not the same to have an operation as it is when you’re 20.”

“I’m confident that after that my body will be 100%,” he added.

Martinez is set to undergo knee surgery on November 12.