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Hearn: Barker Won't Disgrace Himself With Martinez

Eddie Hearn insists that Darren Barker believes he can overcome the odds and shock Sergio Martinez on October 1.

The unbeaten European middleweight champion will take a huge step up in class when he faces the veteran Argentine for the WBC middleweight title.

Martinez, who holds recent victories over the likes of Paul Williams and Kelly Pavlik, will be the massive favourite to retain his world title at an American venue that is yet to be confirmed.

But Barker's promoter Hearn is confident the Londoner will put up a good fight and says Barker thinks he can cause a major upset.

"Darren's 29 and when the chance comes at his age you have to take it," Hearn told The Sun.

"He's a huge underdog but Darren thinks he can win. He won't disgrace himself."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sparked_1985 on 06-16-2011

not quite Pavlik/Lockett but not far away. Martinez is better than Pavlik and Barker is better than Lockett.

Comment by PRINCE O' PROSE on 06-16-2011

Barker is skilled, but I don't think he can do anything Martinez won't solve after a small few rounds.

Comment by No1 on 06-16-2011

[QUOTE=chiguy91;10699478]the martinez camp did say they want to take an easy fight in late 2011. chavez jr, manfredo jr, and ishida were all once talked about when discussing martinez's next opponent for oct 1st. barker is 29, undefeated, and a…

Comment by OLD JUD on 06-16-2011

I like Barker, but i think Martinez has got too much experience (And a decent punch) Martinez by comfortable points win or stoppage round 9 or later? I might add that i'd be delighted to be wrong, and Barker could…

Comment by chiguy91 on 06-16-2011

the martinez camp did say they want to take an easy fight in late 2011. chavez jr, manfredo jr, and ishida were all once talked about when discussing martinez's next opponent for oct 1st. barker is 29, undefeated, and a…

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