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NAAZIM RICHARDSON: "MARTINEZ WAS TOO MUCH MAN FOR CHAVEZ"

By Percy Crawford | October 12, 2012
NAAZIM RICHARDSON:

"I thought Martinez was too much man for Chavez. Even when he got dropped in the 12th, I never worried about him getting stopped, and it's crazy because I had to ask myself why I never worried. But I didn't. I have been meaning to go watch it again and see exactly why I wasn't worried, but I just didn't think Chavez could win the fight in one round," stated world-class trainer Naazim Richardson, who looked back on Sergio Martinez's impressive victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Check it out!

PC: I have wanted to call you and congratulate you on the Sergio Martinez win. I know you were a part of that team. You said Sergio should out-land him 3 to 1, and even for the one, he should be too fast and be out of the way of it. You were spot on.

NR: Yeah, I thought Martinez was too much man for Chavez. Even when he got dropped in the 12th, I never worried about him getting stopped, and it's crazy because I had to ask myself why I never worried. But I didn't. I have been meaning to go watch it again and see exactly why I wasn't worried, but I just didn't think Chavez could win the fight in one round.

PC: The only thing that would have concerned me is that Sergio didn't tie him up while he was clearing the cobwebs. He chose to punch with him and I thought that was dangerous.

NR: I was a little worried about the cut, but when he got back to the corner, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. I asked him though, I said, "Why didn't you tie him up in the last round," and he said, "Every other fighter would have tied him up and I was showing him I'm not like every other fighter." I was like, "God bless you." It worked. And it's like anything else, 2 inches to the right, no, 2 inches to the left and if it's wrong, you are a fool and if it's right, you are a genius. But it worked. Sergio is a good dude though, man.

PC: Sergio definitely fought a helluva fight for sure.

NR: Yeah, even when they were inside, I felt like Sergio was the better fighter. And that was my whole thing; Sergio was the better fighter, but there was no mistaking that Chavez was the bigger fighter. And when you have a bigger fighter, all they have to do is be good enough. They don't have to be as good as the smaller fighter; they just have to be good enough and the bigger man can give them hell. You just have to be careful in fights like that.

PC: He came in big too. Man, was he big on fight night. 

NR: He come in so big, they don't even weigh him on the day of the fight no more. The actual night of the fight, they don't even weigh him no more. It will look bad for HBO. If they would have weighed him on that night, that boy would have been somewhere around 190. Yeah, he was a cruiserweight that night. He stood up in the dressing room when I watched him get his hands wrapped and when he stood up and stretched his arms out, it was just like I was watching Steve Cunningham. I said, "Damn!" Because I didn't think he was that big. I remember thinking to myself that the last middleweight I remember being that big was Gerald McClellan.

PC: Speaking of hand wraps, they showed you and you are really dialed in when you are watching a fighter get his hands wrapped. I think a bomb could have gone off behind you and it wouldn't have broken your concentration.

NR: Yeah, because anything can happen. It's like when you are watching a fight. I make a mental note of when they got the fight on in the room. Because as soon as somebody gets knocked out or something in the fight, its chaos, so I know when I see the television on, I don't care who it is that got knocked out in that fight, I will get the replay.

PC: How is everything else with you Brother Naaz? 

NR: I been holding on with both hands otherwise, man. I'm trying to get some things in place and see what we gonna do with this kid Dynamite [Karl Dargan]. In fact, I'ma definitely get him at you as soon as I can. He recently had a death in the family, but we will definitely work that out.

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