It is April 17th, 2010 in Boardwalk Hall at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sergio Martinez throws a combination of punches in the ninth round that opens a terrible cut on Kelly Pavlik’s right eye. It is a competitive fight. However, Sergio Martinez sweeps the last three rounds. Sergio Martinez hand is raised by the referee. He has won the fight against Kelly Pavlik by unanimous decision. He has become the middleweight champion. But, he is still the most avoided fighter in the world.
Sergio Martinez had a long journey to become middleweight champion of the world. Just three years ago no promoter wanted the Argentine boxer. He did not become a boxer until the age of 20. He had no amateur boxing experience. Equally important, Sergio Martinez was a professional cyclist and soccer player before he became a boxer.
Sergio Martinez lost the biggest fights of his career before he defeated Kelly Pavlik. His rematch against Kermit Cintron was declared a draw. This is despite the fact that he dominated the fight. Sergio Martinez scored a knockout against Kermit Cintron that was overturned moments later. His next boxing match was against Paul Williams. It was an 2009 fight of the year candidate. He lost to Paul Williams by majority decision in a close fight that could have gone either way.
Sergio Martinez has a unique style. He is a southpaw. He has elite athleticism. He
uses movement in the ring better than most boxers. He can get away with boxing with his hands at his side. He has very fast hands. Sergio Martinez is an excellent counterpuncher. He is a high volume boxer that has an entertaining style. He has good intangibles. To illustrate, he showed a lot of heart in his fight against Paul Williams. He also has a good chin. Equally important, many boxers do not want to fight him because it is hard to look good against him.
Argentina’s Sergio Martinez is one of the best boxers in the world. But, since he defeated Kelly Pavlik he is struggling to find a opponent. Kelly Pavlik declined his option for immediate rematch. Paul Williams does not seem interested in a rematch with him. He wants to return to welterweight.
His promoter Lou Dibella is getting frustrated with the difficulty they are having in finding an opponent. “I go to network and say, My guy will fight the fight you want him to fight, and when I start mentioning names, I hear, That guy won’t fight you. So if they won’t fight Sergio, why do they have a date on HBO and Sergio doesn’t? It’s very frustrating because I don’t have a good explanation for my fighter,” said promoter Lou DiBella(espn.go.com/sports/boxing/).
Sergio Martinez is willing to fight the best boxers in the middleweight and junior middleweight divisions such as Shane Mosley, Alfred Angulo, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Kermit Cintron, Felix Sturm, Cory Spinks or the winner of the June 26th Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs John Duddy fight.
Sergio Martinez is the best middleweight boxer in the world. Yet, it has been a long journey to success for him. He is a fearless boxer that will take on any opponent. He is anticipating an opportunity to fight another quality opponent. However, Sergio Martinez is the most avoided boxer in the world.
22 June 2010 http://espn.go.com/sports/boxing/blog/_/name/rafael_dan/id/5270826/why-martinez-hbo-date