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 Last update:  6/15/2011       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Hearn: Barker Won't Disgrace Himself With Martinez
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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."

Tags: Sergio Martinez , Darren Barker , Martinez-Barker , Martinez vs Barker



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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]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 natural middleweight. he isn't that bad of an opponent when c...

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 get off to a bright start, but Martinez will catch up with him.

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 natural middleweight. he isn't that bad of an opponent when considering the f...

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