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21 NOVEMBER 2018


Martinez: “When I’m in the Ring, I feel that Nobody can Beat Me.”


Jerry Glick reporting: Looking to be in fantastic shape, Ring and WBC Diamond Belt Middleweight Champion of the World Sergio Martinez, 47-2-2 (26 KOs), did some light training in the window of Modell’s Sporting Goods Store located on Times Square in New York City.

The loud sounds he made slamming his powerful punches into his trainer’s mitts and hitting a heavy bag resonated above the din created by the mob of mostly fans, and sprinkling of media there to see what he will bring to the ring against his challenger, Darren Barker, 23-0 (14 KOs), on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in AC, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Matchroom Promotions.

Martinez looked sharp, strong, and very determined. “Nobody can beat me,” bragged Martinez. “When I go into the ring I feel like I’m invincible. Then I do the job I’m supposed to do.”

He believes that he is as ready as he can be, “It was eight weeks of the hardest training I ever had,” said the champion.

He has not worked out a plan, he claimed, other than to check Barker out when the bell rings. “I will box him,” said Martinez, “to see what I have in front of me. I’ll check out his style then I’ll try to knock him out like I did the last two guys.”

His manager, Sampson Lewkowicz, indicated that they know what to expect from Barker. “Always he does his homework. He knows exactly what he has in front of him; a guy with a good pedigree who will give him a good fight.”

Lewkowicz admitted that Barker’s defense is something that they will test on fight night. “He doesn’t have a great defense.”

One thing that is for sure, Barker’s opponents are not equal to the men that Martinez has faced. The British and European Champion, Barker has fought the best in Europe, but Martinez has faced the best in the world including Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, and Kermit Cintron.

In fact one top level fighter that Martinez fought eleven years ago, Antonio Margarito, knocked him out in seven rounds. Margarito is about to fight Miguel Cotto for the Junior-middleweight belt and Lewkowicz smiled at the mention of a Martinez-Margarito rematch, “He lost his undefeated record because he thought it was going to be an easy fight.”

With all the big opportunities out there, which is more appealing, the revenge fight, Cotto, if he beats Margarito, or Pacquiao?

“I don’t believe it will happen,” said Lewkowicz about the chance of a Pacman fight. “But we challenged Pacquiao at 150 and we heard no response, so most likely Margarito or Cotto. In the case of Mayweather, he’s the boss; whenever he decides. And by the way, Mayweather was great. He showed to all the youth that you should protect yourself at all times. Now everyone knows you cannot foul and kiss and forget about it.”

September 28, 2011

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