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Martinez's Adviser on The Status of Facing Miguel Cotto

By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com spoke to Sampson Lewkowicz, the adviser to WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, regarding the overseas rumors that a fight with former three division king Miguel Cotto is coming closer to a deal.

According to several sources in Puerto Rico, the fight is being targeted for June 7th at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Lewkowicz had "no comment" on whether or not MSG was reserved, on June 7th, for the purpose of staging Cotto-Martinez.

However, he did say the entire team is waiting to get the final report on Martinez's knee injury, which he suffered during April's decision win over Martin Murray in Argentina.

"Before we do anything, we are waiting for the doctor's final report, by the end of next week, on Martinez's knee - and then we will know if he can fight in March, April or June," Lewkowicz said.

If Martinez is given the green light from his physician, then Cotto will have to make a decision on whether or not he plans to fight Martinez for the chance to become the first Puerto Rican boxer to capture four titles in four weight divisions - or accept a very lucrative offer of $10 million dollars to fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on March 8th.

"He has offers from two people - a banker with $10 million dollars.....and a hall of fame promoter who offers pride, honor, glory and also money - to have a shot at the fourth title to make history in Puerto Rico," Lewkowicz said. 

Regarding the circulating reports of Cotto being offered a package of $15 million dollars for Martinez, Lewkowicz became hysterical with laughter.

"That story of 15 million dollars is a fantasy. If you believe that, I have an extra Tecate for you," Lewkowicz said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MrRolltide91 on 12-03-2013

I knew that 15 mill was b.u.l.l.s.h.i.t.

Comment by Nyboxfan1 on 12-01-2013

Cotto might be biting off more than he can chew by fighting Sergio. I have feeling this will be a replay of when Cotto fought Pac.

Comment by Da Boxer on 12-01-2013

[QUOTE=Hyper Knuckles;13983999][B]Even if he doesn't win I don't care, I can simply appreciate the fact that the man will face anybody for honor. It's a rare quality among boxers today. He's a dying breed of fighter.[/B] Martinez on the other…

Comment by big_james10 on 12-01-2013

I had my doubts about the $15 million offer to fight Martinez and Sampson Lewkociwz just confirmed it. Bob Arum has never paid anyone a $15 million guarantee except De La Hoya and the amount sounded fishy for a fight…

Comment by Hyper Knuckles on 12-01-2013

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;13983315]No worries because Cotto ain't beating Sergio Martinez.[/QUOTE] Even if he doesn't win I don't care, I can simply appreciate the fact that the man will face anybody for honor. It's a rare quality among boxers today. He's a dying…

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