Martinez blasts Chavez Jr, Roach, Arum and the WBC
WBC diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martniez tore into the organisation and its regular champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, as well as his trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum, for avoiding him.
Martinez, who is Champion Emeritus for the WBC regular strap and the subject of an order by the WBC to face titleholder Chavez Jr by March 2012, expressed his displeasure at the sanctioning body’s inability to enforce it’s own directive.
Speaking at a press conference in Argentina last week, Martinez relinquished the WBC diamond belt and vowed not to fight for the organization again until they could put him in the ring with Chavez Jr.
‘I’m not planning to defend the WBC diamond belt anymore,’ said Martinez. ‘The only title I’m going to defend from now on is the title I won after beating Kelly Pavlik, the Ring Magazine title.
‘I won’t ever represent the WBC ever again, until the WBC makes the fight they ordered at the WBC convention [against Chavez Jr]. They won’t honour their own agreement.
‘I hate the cowardice that Chavez Jr displays, as well as his coach Freddie Roach, and his promoter Bob Arum, for avoiding me every day. I never thought a world champion could avoid someone in this way.’
Martinez would go on to tell the media that he was also unhappy with the way HBO has handled his career and that he will leave the network in favour of premium channel rival Showtime.
Despite the WBC’s acknowledgement of their promise to put Chavez Jr and Martinez together, plans are still going through at Top Rank for a February bout in San Antonio, Texas between Chavez Jr and Marco Antonio Rubio.
Martinez will now go ahead with his back-up plan, a March 17 bout against the UK’s Matthew Macklin at Madison Square Garden in New York.