Advertisement
Advertisement

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…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (60)
Top Headlines Video: Provodnikov on Golovkin vs. Canelo, Facing John Molina Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Final Press Conference Video: David Avanesyan Confident of Stunning Shane Mosley WBC Eyes Tourney, With WBA/IBF, To Set Golovkin's Opponent Lara: I Want Golovkin Next, He Would Solidify My Legacy! WBC Prez Wants Canelo Hate To Stop, Plans To Give High Ranking Video: Martin Murray Confident of Taking Down George Groves Video: George Groves on DeGale vs. Jack, Haye, Facing Murray Dorticos Already Back In Gym After FOTY Win Over Kalenga Lara-Martirosyan II Leads Second-Most Watched '16 SHO Telecast Video: George Groves, Martin Murray Go Face To Face Ricky Burns Focused on History, Becoming 3 Weight Champ Jorge Linares Inks New Pact With Golden Boy Video: Martin Murray Gives Take on Canelo-Golovkin Rift George Groves: I'm Looking To Take Martin Murray Out! Video: Dillian Whyte on PEDs in Boxing, Joshua-Breazeale, More Dillian Whyte Wants Two Tuneups, Then More Experienced Foes Rances Barthelemy, Mickey Bey Discuss Training Camp, More Eubank Offers To Give British Title To Blackwell, Hennessy Reacts Enzo Maccarinelli Vows To Beat Dmytro Kucher in Style Khurtsidze's Coach: We're Ready To Face Golovkin in September Ruenroeng, Casimero Make Weight Following Photo-Op Confusion Francisco Vargas Nears Testing Record For Combat Sports in Cali Lara To Golovkin: I've Called You Out a Few Times, Let's Fight! George Groves vs Martin Murray Now WBA Title Eliminator Well-preserved veteran Nick Casal eager to end five-year hiatus Parker's Coach Confident His Boxer Will Succeed Where Tua Failed Harmonito Dela Torre Ready To Impress in His U.S. Debut Washington is Helping Breazeale, Warns That Joshua is in Tough Photos: Mike Tyson Hits China For Ruenroeng-Casimero II Paul Butler: We're On The Brink of World Title Shot, This is Massive Stephen Smith: I Belong at World Level, I Want Another Title Shot Golovkin's Coach Expects Amir Khan To Rebound Very Well Hearn: Haye Not on Anthony Joshua's Radar For Next Three Fights Canelo, Golden Boy Dig in For Lengthy Court Battle With All-Star Roach: I'm Excited, I Truly Feel Postol Will Beat Terence Crawford Jacobs' Trainer Says They'll Be Ready For Golovkin in Due Time Joseph Parker on Elbow Issue, Solomon Haumono Bout, More UFC Prez: Not a Single Convo on Mayweather-McGregor Firat Arslan Returns To The Ring on June 4 in Kassel
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement