The biggest issue with becoming a hot name with that type of knockout power is that other top fighters have a tendency to avoid getting in the ring with you, a situation the southpaw Martinez has faced in recent months.
Sampson Lewkowicz (Martinez’s adviser) said that in order for the deal to be completed signatures must be obtained by Lee, DiBella, Chavez and his promoter, Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum. Lewkowicz said that WBC President Jose Sulaiman already has provided a signature indicating that the scenario is to move forward.
Martinez himself seems eager to move forward to the potential bout:
“Now, the only thing is that I expect that Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee, Lou DiBella and Bob Arum to sign, because Jose Sulaiman and myself already have signed,” said Martinez, whose comments were translated by Lewkowicz.
Martinez has looked less than stellar in his last couple of fights but managed to knock out both Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin in 11th rounds. Chavez Jr. is coming off of a unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Rubio while Lee, a southpaw like Martinez, scored a second round TKO over Saul Duran in March.
Either fighter would make for an interesting opponent for Martinez, who at 37 is over ten years older than both Lee and Chavez, although Martinez started boxing at an older age than most professional fighters. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.