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DiBella: If Froch Beats Ward, Martinez Fight Possible

By Mike Coppinger

With little opposition for middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in the barren 160-pound division, fans and observers alike have pushed for the 36-year-old Argentine to move up to the talent rich super middleweight division, where the likes of Lucian Bute, Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell ply their craft.

But Martinez’s promoter Lou DiBella scoffs at the very idea, thinking his fighter is too small.

“No, that’s so stupid,” remarked DiBella on the prospect of Martinez going up to 168 for a big fight. ‘I’m sick of listening to idiots suggest it, and quote me on that, idiots. He is the smaller guy at every weigh-in. He’s smaller than [Darren] Barker, he’s smaller than [Sergiy] Dzinziruk, he walks around at 168. These ’68 pounders walk around at 190.

“He weighs in for fights at 156, 157, 158. He’s a very small middleweight. At ’68, he would just be overpowered. I’m not gonna do the [Manny] Pacquiao thing where you go pick a guy bigger than you who sucks. If he’s gonna fight a ’68 pounder, it would have to be a [Lucian] Bute or that level of guy. And frankly, the majority of those guys he’s too small for.

DiBella didn’t completely rule out Martinez moving up in weight, though, offering a possible exception.

“If Carl Froch were to pull off what a lot of people are gonna think is an upset and beat [Andre] Ward, that might be one guy down the line that could match-up with Sergio, because Carl’s not a big ’68 pounder.”

Mike Coppinger is a regular boxing freelancer for USA TODAY and Ring Magazine. He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the Ring Ratings Advisory Panel and the Yahoo! Sports Boxing Panel. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrlopez on 08-08-2011

PUS.SY! if this great fighter( and i think he is a great fighter but want him to act like foremer greats) cant move down, move the fu.ck up and show your true p4p status, thats how he'll get the #1…

Comment by peplz on 08-07-2011

[QUOTE=Joeyzagz;10952890]THe risk is all on Sergio not Froch. If Froch can deal with Direll(Fastest man on the planet) Serg would be a walk in the park.[/QUOTE] Froch didn't "deal" with Dirrell very well. He only "won" that fight with a…

Comment by UglyPug on 08-07-2011

[QUOTE=mathed;10952775]You guys are freaking tools for real. "Sergio doesn't take any risks" , lmao...ok, sure. He fought 99% of his career at 154 and 147....but all of a sudden he is picking on "smaller guys" by wanting to fight guys…

Comment by UndefeatedJimmy on 08-07-2011

So basically Sergio won't fight Ward if he wins because he's scared? lol...Serg will keep fighting nobodies at 160, and calling out Pac and May to move up.

Comment by indystress on 08-07-2011

[QUOTE=BoxingFollower;10955581]I don't know why all you Pac fans keep talking about Sergio picking on Pacquiao, we all know if Sergio was big and slow, Pacquiao would be all over him. Or if he was shot.[/QUOTE] its not about bringin up…

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