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 Last update:  6/13/2011       Read more by Rick Reeno         
   
Martinez-Barker, Lee-Vera Double Eyed For Vegas, NYC
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By Rick Reeno

Promoter Lou DiBella confirmed to BoxingScene.com that he reached an agreement with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing for an October 1 clash between middleweight king Sergio Martinez (47-2, 26KOs) and undefeated British boxer Darren Barker (23-0, 14KOs). According to DiBella, the fight will either take place in Las Vegas or New York City.

DiBella tried to secure middleweight champions Daniel Geale and Felix Sturm, but he was unable to reach an agreement for either fighter. If everything gets finalized, HBO will televise Martinez vs. Barker.

"He's the best available guy who was willing to take the fight. He's a hungry European boxer who comes straight at you and I think it's going to be an exciting fight with international interest. Paul Williams didn't want to fight [Martinez in October], Felix Sturm can't be made now, Daniel Geale can't be made now and Andy Lee didn't want the fight right now. I can through a list of guys who we tried to get," DiBella told BoxingScene.com.

As the HBO televised opener, DiBella wants to finalize the rematch between Andy Lee (26-1, 19KOs) and Brian Vera, who handed Lee his only defeat as a pro in 2008.

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


 

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comment by Mitch_Gordon, on 06-14-2011
No one wants the fight the guy. He called out Manny and Floyd. He's that fighter who is really good but won't sell tickets. So it's not worth it for bigger named guys to fight him. (Sorta like winky wright in his prime) So he's stuck fighting lesser guys.

comment by The Smash, on 06-14-2011
Martinez, HBO and the WBC should be ashamed of themselves.

comment by Andre Wardttke, on 06-14-2011
If Barker doesn't get KO'd I think he'll give a good account of himself on the scorecards.

comment by RSBonos, on 06-14-2011
Why in the world would HBO accept this?

comment by PRINCE O' PROSE, on 06-14-2011
[QUOTE=ИATAS206;10689480]not something you'd expect from the Pound 4 Pound #2 guy in the world. Sh!t fight. I like how Lou said he's the highest availible guy on that list. Really? I didn't see Pirog mentioned, I wounder why? Wouldn't he be the highest available on the list? oh but no on...

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