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Martinez Vows KO Win, Hatton Says Murray is Real Nasty

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Earlier this afternoon, WBC Middleweight Champion "Maravilla" Martinez (50-2-2, 28KO's) and the U.K.'s undefeated WBA interim champion Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11KO's) held the final media conference call ahead of their World Championship bout that will air live on HBO from Buenos Aires, Argentina this Saturday evening. The card, which will be televised live beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, will be the first for Martinez in his native country of Argentina in over 11-years, and first ever since becoming Middleweight World Champion. The Championship bout will take place at the country's famed 50,000-seat Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina.  It marks HBO Boxing's first-ever telecast from South America.

The two will meet face-to-face later on this afternoon in Argentina at the final press conference for the event. Below are quotes from the call. 

SERGIO MARTINEZ - Champion

Thank you everyone for joining in on this call.  Everything is going well with me and my preparations right now, better than ever.  My team and I are extremely confident going into this fight, and the expectations are very high, and because of that I know that this is going to be a great event and a great night for my countrymen on Saturday night.

I have respect for Martin, but there is no doubt in my mind that this fight is going to end by knockout.  My training for this fight has been the best I have ever had and my confidence is at the absolute highest level, and for that reason I guarantee this fight will end with a knockout on Saturday night.

MARTIN MURRAY - Challenger 

It is an absolute pleasure to be here in Argentina.  The people here have treated us with nothing but respect and we are very happy to be here in this country.  Sergio is a great fighter, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for him.  All that being said though, I didn't come here to lose.  I have had a great training camp and I feel that this is my time.  Whatever Sergio brings on Saturday night I will be ready for it.

LOU DIBELLA - Promoter of Martinez

I can't you how thrilling it is for us to be here and to see the excitement around this event and around Sergio.  He truly is a huge star here in his homeland and we are just so excited for his homecoming on Saturday night.

Want to thank everyone who has been involved in putting this event together, including our partners here in Argentina, and my great partner and great friend with Sergio, Sampson Lewkowicz, as well as our sponsors and everyone from the Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield stadium.

The fight on Saturday night is not going to be an easy fight. Murray is one of the toughest guys in the middleweight division and he is a very, very good fighter and for that reason Sergio wanted this fight, because Murray presents a real and meaningful challenge.

Sergio is hands down the greatest fighter I have ever promoted.  Not only is he a great boxing talent, but he is a great human being.  He has waited for this opportunity, to fight again in Argentina for many, many years. I am excited to see all of those fans on Saturday night who are coming out to supporting their hometown hero and a future hall of famer.

SAMPSON LEWKOWICZ - Martinez Long-Time Advisor

Thank you to everyone involved in this event, especially our partners here in Argentina, Lou (DiBella) and of course everyone at HBO.

On Saturday night we are making history with this event and I have to thank HBO for that because they made this all possible.  I love Sergio like my own son, and it is an honor to me to be able to provide him with this opportunity.  We have talked about this for a long time, doing this event here in Argentina, and with Lou and HBO we have been able to make it a reality.

RICKY HATTON - Murray Promoter

We are very much looking forward to this fight on Saturday night.  Obviously there are so many versions of world title's these days, but this one is for the real middleweight championship.  I can't speak anymore highly of Sergio, he has paid his dues and deserves to be held in the absolute highest recognition.  Like any great fighter though, everyone's reign comes to an end at some time and I truly believe Sergio's will come to an end Saturday night.  I have seen a change in Martin this week, he is nasty right now.  He knows the task at hand, and he is drilling with confidence.  He has never looked as good as he has in the gym for this fight.  I have seen a total change in his demeanor this week and Saturday cannot come quick enough for us.  We are grateful to be sharing the ring with such a great champion on Saturday night, but we know that we are going to come out on top.

KERY DAVIS - Senior V.P. HBO Sports

All of us at HBO are very excited for this.  Anytime Sergio fights it is a huge event for us, being that he is one of the best fighters in the world, but Saturday night is going to be very special.  This is our first time ever televising a fight in Argentina, and we expect a very lively and raucous crowd on Saturday night.  Murray presents a real challenge for Sergio. He is one of the top middleweight contenders in the world, and while he will be facing very tough odds on Saturday night, this isn't the first time that he has had to enter into an opponent's Lion's den and because of that we expect nothing less than a spectacular event on Saturday night.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by techliam on 04-25-2013

Is this a unification fight? Murray is the Interim WBA Super champ, which is the legit WBA belt in case of 2 per division

Comment by ellwise69 on 04-25-2013

Honestly I've got a feeling Martinez will retire during this fight through some sort of injury...

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-25-2013

Sergio schooling Jr for 11 1/2 of 12 rounds should make believers, but alas some aren't so bright... or are p.o.'d from losing a stiff bet. Either way, Sergio wins this and then moves onto a stiffer challenge. This will…

Comment by mathed on 04-24-2013

[QUOTE=lopetego;13289638]Murray being undefeated means nothing, he hasn't fought a live body in his whole career, anybody can look good with a padded record. Sergio is a draw now thanks to the Chavez fight, he cant complain about nobody wanting to…

Comment by dan_cov on 04-24-2013

Lmao Geale, why is this name always thrown around like hes some threat? Hes absolutely in noway, shape or form better than Barker or Macklin and those ain't even Sergio's best wins. Sergio would destroy Geale as would Barker &…

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