Earlier this month, it was reported that 43-year-old Sergio Martinez, the former middleweight champion of the world, was looking to end his retirement for a novelty rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, similarly irrelevant at age 32, and now there are more details.
Mike Coppinger reported yesterday at The RING that the fight is being targeted for November 17, and would stream on DAZN. Las Vegas and Texas are targets for the location of the bout.
Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO) hasn’t fought since his sad loss to Miguel Cotto in June 2014, when he could barely get around on a bum knee, let alone capably fight someone even nearly as good as Cotto. He was dropped three times in the first round, clearly was nowhere near 100 percent, and was stopped in the 10th of a fight where he didn’t win a minute.
Chavez (50-3-1, 32 KO) hasn’t fought since his embarrassing May 2017 effort against Canelo Alvarez. That was one of the biggest fights of the year, but received downright hateful reviews after folks spent their money on a pay-per-view fight that turned out to be a glorified workout for Alvarez.
Martinez beat Chavez by wide decision in September 2012, escaping danger in the 12th and final round.