Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

DiBella Considers Martinez-Cotto Catch Weight "Silly"

By Keith Idec

Promoter Lou DiBella finds it “silly” and “annoying” that the Sergio Martinez-Miguel Cotto middleweight title fight will be contested at a maximum catch weight of 159 pounds.

Nevertheless, their contracts call for Martinez and Cotto to weigh no more than 159 pounds, one beneath the middleweight limit, for their highly anticipated June 7 showdown for Martinez’s WBC middleweight title at Madison Square Garden (HBO Pay-Per-View). The 33-year-old Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) began his pro career 13 years ago as a junior welterweight, three weight classes below middleweight, and has never fought at a weight higher than the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds.

“It is 159 or less and that was one of those concessions that we had to make,” DiBella, Martinez’s promoter, said a conference call Tuesday. “In my mind, a catch weight that’s a pound off is a bit silly. It’s for the middleweight title and I think should be at 160 pounds. But frankly, Sergio’s never really weighed in at 160 before. So I don’t think it’s a big issue for him to weigh in at 159. That’s one of those concessions that clearly we found annoying during the course of the negotiations.”

The 39-year-old Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), who began his 16-year pro career as a welterweight, has never weighed in at more than 159½ pounds for any of his eight middleweight fights since December 2009.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Beater_of_ass on 05-21-2014

[QUOTE=JBell11;14575585]I respect Cotto's contribution to the sport as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense fighter. It's true, he is the "A-side" in this scenario and does put butts on seats. That being said, he's lost to both A-side fighters and got beat convincingly…

Comment by Beater_of_ass on 05-21-2014

[QUOTE=MASTER1454;14574849]Pavlik is only 1 inch taller than P-Will, so that statement is moot. And Sergio beat BOTH - CONVINCINGLY! Your opinion is just like your a-hole - full of shyte. Just step away from the keyboard.......[/QUOTE] This guy lmao... Floyd…

Comment by PlasterWraps on 05-21-2014

Cotto should have asked for a bowl of red skittles as well

Comment by PR ESQ. on 05-21-2014

Let's be real, Cotto's "A side B side" and 159lbs. shiet has been bullshiet from day one but if Sergio was so upset and disrespected then go fight Triple G and shut your trap bietch...that being said in the battle…

Comment by JBell11 on 05-21-2014

I respect Cotto's contribution to the sport as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense fighter. It's true, he is the "A-side" in this scenario and does put butts on seats. That being said, he's lost to both A-side fighters and got beat convincingly…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (67)
Top Headlines Photos: Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta - Los Angeles Presser Mayweather Claims UFC Approached Him With Multi-Fight Deal Crawford Trainer: 'Boatload of Money' to Fight Horn in Australia Skoglund Update, Dimitrenko-Rovcanin Set, Murat News, More News: Clestus Seldin, Efren Lopez, HBO's Fight Game, More Edis Tatli Regains Euro Title, Decisions Francesco Patera Hearn on DeGale: When You Are Free Agent, Nobody Gives a F***! Fury To Joshua: Where You at Boy? No One Blocking My Path Now! HBO's Tripleheader Peaked at 618,000 Viewers Saturday Night Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Sonny Fredrickson on ShoBox, Jan. 12 Carlos Cuadras vs. McWilliams Arroyo on Superfly 2, Feb. 24 Rigondeaux's Left Hand Bruised, Not Broken, in Lomachenko Loss Amir Khan Will Scout Jeff Horn: I'd Go To Australia To Fight Him Photos: Katie Taylor vs. Jessica McCaskill, Undercard - Weigh-In ESPN’s Loma-Rigo Watched By 1.73M; Basic Cable’s No. 2 Since 2012 Tyson Fury Free To Box After UKAD Ruling Lomachenko Isn't Impressed With What He Has Done This Year Saunders: I'll Give Lemieux My Purse if My Chin Doesn't Hold Up! Ward Does Not Think Kovalev is Back, Just Had Perfect Opponent Horn Trainer: No Judges From Australia, No Advantage for Us Lee Selby Ready To Fight Josh Warrington at Elland Road Katie Taylor Aims For 'Big 2018' - To Unify Lightweight Division NSAC Head: No Reason Not To Give Boxing License To Nate Diaz Groves-Eubank Undercard: Ryan Walsh vs. Isaac Lowe is Set Manny Pacquiao Could Return in Mexico City, Says Beltran Jeff Horn "Very Relieved" To Make Weight For Gary Corcoran Mikael Zewski Stops Martin Escobar at the Montreal Casino Lomachenko Would Be Wise To Consider Pacquiao Possibilities Arum: Who Gives a Sh*t About White, He's a Piece of Crap! Fenech: Nothing Illegal in Jeff Horn Tactics, He is Not Dirty Fighter! Truax: DeGale Looked Past Me, You Can't Do That in Boxing Joshua Promoter: Wilder on Cloud Nine With His 50-50 Demand CompuBox Statistical Update: Lomachenko Now #1 Defender Ravshan Hudaynazarov Return Scratched, Justin Thomas Wins Lomachenko Manager: No Surprise Rigondeaux Quit, It's a Shame Canelo vs. Golovkin Rematch Deal is "Getting Very Close" Photos: Francesco Patera, Edis Tatli Ready For Rematch Battle Former Manager: Rigondeaux Will Be Remembered For Quit Job Cletus Seldin Vows To Put Real Hurt on Ulysse in HBO Clash Lomachenko vs. Linares a Possibility, Says Golden Boy President
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement