By Derek Bonnett: Sergio Martinez and Amir Khan are arguably the two most exciting boxers in the world today. Their fan appeal is equally attributed to their vulnerabilities as much as their physical talents. However, the difference is that one fighter has a claim, albeit a shaky one, as one of the world’s five best fighters. The other is the subject of many boxing chat topics such as what world class fighters can Khan still beat, who should he cash out against, and is he now a shot fighter. Both Martinez and Khan won narrow decisions in their most recent outings this weekend. Both fighters hit the canvas against opponents which were expected to be easy marks. Martinez’ win has been labeled as a somewhat controversial hometown decision. Khan’s performance was marred by being allowed to hold excessively by way of hometown officiating. Are both of these men in need of a major payday to cash on their waning careers. At thirty-eight and after knee surgery, can Martinez be seen as a favorite against rising Gennady Golovkin or past rival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.? After going just 2-2 in his last four bouts, is Khan still worthy of an elite class bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. or his past stablemate Manny Pacquiao? I think the answers are no, no, no, and no. However, I know that I sure as hell won’t miss them try.
On Saturday, April 27, at Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina, Sergio Martinez won a controversial unanimous decision over Martin Murray in a twelve round WBC middleweight title bout. The three judges agreed on the 115-112 verdict for the champion. Murray dropped Martinez in the eighth round with a right hand. Martinez raised his record to 51-2-2 (28) and made the first defense of his WBC title in his second reign. Murray dipped to 25-1-1 (11) with both his blemishes coming in debatable decisions to champions fighting at home.
Martinez held onto his number one SecondsOut ranking at middleweight. Murray climbed from seventh to fifth with the excellent showing.
Also on this date, at Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany, Juergen Braehmer scored a second round body shot KO of Tony Averlant in a light heavyweight bout. The end came at the 2:36 mark. Braehmer enhanced his resume to 40-2 (31). Averlant fell to 18-8-2 (4).
Braehmer held onto his SecondsOut number eight ranking at light heavyweight.
Also on this date, at Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Jhonny Gonzalez stopped Akihiko Katagiri in the fourth round of a featherweight bout. The time of the stoppage was 1:18. Gonzalez won for the second time this year and raised his record to 54-8 (46). Katagiri fell to 12-7-1 (4).
Gonzalez remained SecondsOut’s fifth best featherweight in the world.
Also on this date, at Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Amir Khan won a life and death unanimous decision over Julio Diaz in a ten round light welterweight bout. The judges’ cards favored Khan 115-112, 115-113, and 114-113. Diaz dropped Khan in the fourth round and had him badly hurt throughout the final three rounds. Khan raised his record to 28-3 (19). Diaz fell to 40-8-1 (29).
Khan fell from seventh to tenth in the SecondsOut junior welterweight rankings due to the nature of his bout against the unranked Diaz.
Also on this date, at Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA, Raymundo Beltran won a lopsided unanimous decision over Alejandro Rodriguez in a ten round lightweight bout. The unanimous scores favored the high ranked lightweight contender 99-91 twice and 97-93. Beltran moved his dossier to 28-6 (17). Rodriguez fell to 19-10 (11).