Threats and an incident of vandalism over the weekend at the Oxnard-based training camp of two-division world champion Sergio Martinez has forced the cancellation of Martinez’s Media Day Workout, scheduled for Tuesday, August 28 in Ventura, Calif. Martínez is deep in training for his upcoming challenge of undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“This past weekend Sergio received threats from an unknown source and the car in front of his home was vandalized,” said Lou DiBella, Martínez’s promoter. “Unfortunately, until we have a security team in place, we are going to have to suspend any and all public and media appearances for Sergio, including the upcoming media day scheduled for tomorrow in Oxnard. We apologize for the inconvenience to the media and fans that have planned on attending tomorrow’s event.”
Julio César Chávez’s Las Vegas Media Workout, scheduled for Thursday, August 30, beginning at 2:00 p.m., at the Top Rank Gym will go on as scheduled.
Apparently some Chavez Jr. fans didn’t take too kindly to the way that Sergio Martinez talked down to Chavez Jr. during their Face Off session with Max Kellerman. Or maybe it was the insults thrown around to both Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Jr. during the press tour.
We’re only partially kidding, but it’s always serious stuff when incidents involving the out of the ring welfare of athletes pop up. We’ll let you know if there are any further developments with this.