Chavez Jr vs Martinez Blog: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on His Best and Worst Nights in the Ring

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is most proud of his win over Sebastian Zbik in 2011, which gave him his first world title. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

On September 15, live on HBO pay-per-view from Los Angeles, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will get a chance to prove to the world that he's an elite middleweight when he faces Sergio Martinez in the main event, which is one of the most highly-anticipated fights of the year. Below, Chavez discusses his best night in the ring, and also his worst.

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Discuss your best and worst memory as a fighter, and which wins -- amateur or professional -- have been the most satisfying or memorable?

"My best memory as a fighter is winning the world middleweight championship. It was my dream to become a world champion. That's why I decided to become a professional fighter. Beating Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles to become the middleweight champion is something that I will never forget and for so many reasons. Not many people believed that I could do it and that inspired me. The select few who did believe in me encouraged me and sacrificed for me. And to win the title only a few blocks from the old Olympic where my father won his first world title, well, that made it even more special for me. My father and I will always be linked together because we won our first world championship belts in the same city.

"My worst memory was in July 2008 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico (editor's note: Chavez's first fight with Matt Vanda). I had a very difficult time in the ring. It was very hot all week and I started getting sick the day before the weigh-in and never fully recuperated after the weigh-in. I had a fever the night before the fight but I went through with the fight and the last two rounds where the most difficult time I had in the ring. I could barely walk and was just standing up because of my pride and my heart. I threw up in the ring after the fight and had a fever"

"My most memorable victory was against Zbik and winning the middleweight championship of the world. It was a very difficult fight early but I was able to come back in the second half of the fight and win it. It is a feeling that will stay with me forever. To hear the ring announcer say, ‘The winner and new...' That is something I will never forget. That is something I never want to forget. Of course I now like hearing the ring announcer say, ‘ The winner, and still...' and that's exactly what he will say in the ring on September 15 after my fight Sergio Martinez ends."

2 Days: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. & Face Off With Max Kellerman: Chavez Jr./Martinez debuts back-to-back Sat., August 25 at 12:30am ET/PT and 12:45am ET/PT, respectively, on HBO.

Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez takes place Sat., Sept. 15 live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.

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