Chavez Jr vs Martinez Video: 12th Round Knockdown and Full Fight Highlights

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr wasn't really in it for the first 11 rounds of tonight's fight, but damn if he didn't go out swinging away. Scoring an incredibly dramatic 12th round knockdown that received a deafening roar from the sold-out Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, the Mexican star almost woke up the echoes of his father's 1990 comeback shocker over Meldrick Taylor.

[ Canelo Dominates, Stops Josesito Lopez ]

But Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KO) came up just short, and lost the decision to Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO) on scores of 117-110, 118-109, and 118-109.

The fight wasn't particularly competitive -- in fact, Martinez sorely outclassed Chavez Jr for 11 rounds, with Julio having but limited moments of success trying to bang away at the smaller but clearly superior man. And post-fight, the word out of Vegas is that the entire Chavez team -- from promoter Bob Arum to strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza -- is just plain disappointed in his effort.

And that's fair, and it's understandable. And I get fans who don't want to see an immediate rematch, feeling that a single round of high drama is not worth another pay-per-view hit (because there's no way it wouldn't be pay-per-view).

But I'm simply choosing to focus on what made this so memorable and so great. That 12th round was epic. That word is thrown around far too much these days, but if you can't enjoy those three minutes as a boxing fan, and just find something there that is worth saying, "Man, that was fun," then I can't figure you out. I don't particularly feel like I need a rematch either. But I probably won't complain if or when they make one. Who knows? It only takes one moment.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker