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LA MORDIDA: Sergio Martinez W12 Julio César Chávez Jr.

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Even before the opening bell rang, Chávez, 46-1-1-1 (32), looked like he was in for a long night. With a training regimen based on equal parts feng shui and pajama party etiquette, Chávez entered the ring with a "For Whom the Bells Toll" look about him. That he lasted as long as he did is testament to a perverse will that saw him play out the "No Pain, No Gain" mantra in the ring rather than in camp. It was a curious tradeoff. What Chávez calls training is merely an excuse to work up a sweat for a refreshing swim. Despite the fact that he went 12 rounds with the best middleweight in the world, scored a knockdown, and showed the mettle some suspected he lacked, one gets the feeling that his wayward attitude will never change. It was a credible performance for a fighter who was doubly cursed the moment he left his locker room: first by having to swap punches with a far superior fighter; and, second, by having a work ethic unequal to the arduous task he faced. Read more from The Cruelest Sport
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