Sergio Martinez had the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez well under control heading into the twelfth and final round. At least, that's how it seemed.
Instead of coasting through the last round to an easy victory on the scorecards, Martinez decided to come at Chavez and prove a point. And it almost cost him dearly.
Chavez cracked him with a right hand that shook Martinez's legs, Martinez tried to fire back only to get caught again and crash to the canvas. He was able to climb to his feet and avoid the ten-count and young Chavez Jr. charged forward, pouring every ounce of effort he had left in his body into trying to get the finish.
Sergio tried to fight back but Chavez fired away, looking to put away his older foe but ended up unable to get the finish as the final round came to an end.
In the old days of 15 round title fights, Martinez might have lost his standing as one of the pound-for-pound best in the world. But the game is a 12 round one and Sergio had built up a huge lead in the rest of the fight and when the scores of 117-110, 118-109, 118-109 were read and his hand raised, he had to know he dodged a humongous bullet.
We'll have much more coming on this fight in the next 24 hours.