By the FightBeat Expert Boxing Panel
Well, the big fight for the WBC middleweight strap is done and dusted, with Martinez basking in the glory of a dominant victory and Chavez likely ruing the one that got away.
That final 12th round must play on both of their minds and without it, we wouldn’t even be posing this question.
But the question needs to be asked - based on Chavez’ ability to seriously hurt Martinez and almost get him out of there, is a rematch on the cards? Could Chavez improve on his performance? Or should they both just move on?
We put this question to none other than the esteemed FightBeat Expert Boxing Panel, a panel with such unparalleled boxing wisdom that it makes everyone’s head hurt.
Read on to find out their thoughts on the matter.
Well, basically only 6% of the panel believed that Chavez deserved a rematch or had a chance to win if it happened;
"I’d like to see a rematch. I’m sure it’s marketable and many people would buy it"
"12th round was fun, it’d be fun to see if Chavez could learn from that, maybe let his hands go more"
In contrast, the majority of the panel felt that a rematch would be more of the same;
"Chumpez had success late on, but that was down to Martinez tiring. He would struggle equally in a rematch"
"No guy deserves a rematch for losing 11-1"
"Chavez can plan to throw more punches in the rematch till the cows come home, but when they get in the ring nothing is going to change"
"If Chavez became more aggressive, in all likelihood he would just get punished more"
Well, its almost as unanimous as the fight itself - the panel reject the notion of a rematch and also reject the notion that it would turn out any differently. I guess Chavez will have to regroup and look elsewhere.
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