Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/15/14
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The lack of a strong amateur boxing program can often spell the end of a boxer's career before it gets started. Sergio Martinez, who will meet Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the ring on Sept. 15 on HBO, is an ardent supporter of the need for growth in the amateur boxing arena. "I would first make sure there is a strong amateur program that caters to younger fighters looking to get into the sport of boxing and provide them proper training," noted Martinez. More often than not, especially in Spain and the United States a lot of the younger athletes tend to gravitate more towards fùtbol and basketball. They have better amateur programs than boxing and there could've been some great fighters that never stepped in the ring because the amateur programs in other sports were far superior." "You can also attest to the diminishment of the heavyweight division in America with not having a proper amateur program. Most of the great heavyweights now are coming from Easter...
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