By Elisinio Castillo
WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs) is expecting a knockout victory in his next fight, but he is not underestimating former three division champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31KOs). Their match is scheduled for June 7th at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Martinez is training very hard, because he wasn't fully satisfied with his last performance, a tough April decision over Martin Murray. After being out of the ring for over a year, and recovered from several injuries, Martinez feels refreshed and ready to go.
"I train hard because I understand that any fight could be the last. I would like people to remember me for what I did throughout my career and not for what I did with Martin Murray," Martinez told Velez Deportiva. "I respect [Cotto] a lot. Not for nothing, he's won three world titles [in three weight divisions]. I think he's the most intelligent and skilled opponent I will have faced in my career.
"I do not have any anxiety. I am aware of what I can do, but I'm going in there with the advantage of being mentally strong. I am very calm and confident in myself; if I wasn't I wouldn't have achieved what I have."