Photos: Sergio Martinez Dropped, Rises To Beat Murray
St Helens middleweight Martin Murray dealt WBC champion Sergio Martinez an almighty scare before ending up on the wrong side of a unanimous points decision in Buenos Aires. All three ringside judges plumped for the home favorite by identical margins of 115-112 despite him being floored by his 30-year-old foe in round eight.
Martinez found himself on a canvas made greasy by incessant rain once more two rounds later but referee Massimo Barrovecchio ruled a slip, somewhat generously in light of the left-hook and glancing right-hand landed by Murray.
As in his world-title draw against Felix Sturm in December 2011, Murray (25 wins, one defeat, one draw) emerges with his reputation enhanced regardless of a first professional loss - domestic clashes with former Martinez victims Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin hopefully loom.
The quality of a truly great champion was in evidence over the final two rounds as Martinez (51-2-2) made sure of the win but he is unlikely to relish many more such gruelling examinations at 38 years of age.
Martinez, who was greeted by a spectacular fireworks display and a fervent crowd in excess of 40,000 inside the Estadio Jose Amalfitani, set an impressive tempo in the opener, attacking predominantly to the body as Murray operated behind a tight guard.
My man Sergio looked BAD Saturday night. I was worried after the surgery he'd look like a different fighter, and he did. I feel like his age is catching up with him, or has caught up with him, and that…Comment by SnoopySmurf on 04-28-2013
There should have been two knockdowns called against Martinez. I thought Murray won the fight by a narrow decision. Not a robbery, mind you, it was close....but at the end of the night, Murray was the winner.Comment by MDPopescu on 04-28-2013
[QUOTE=puroylan;13302769]Martinez is at end of his career. I think That Canelo or Mayweather should fight him now. The punishment Chavez gave him damaged him. At almost 39, Martinez is ready for the taking. He had a marvelous career anyway.[/QUOTE] Yes,…Comment by Jaliscoguey13 on 04-28-2013
[QUOTE=cabalas;13302313]I watched 3 fights on TV yesterday: Khan's, Martinez' and Garcia's. On these 3 fights the mentioned fighters were supposed to win easily having clear advantages over the weaker rivals. Khan was fighting at home vs. Julio Diaz who is…Comment by mathed on 04-28-2013
[QUOTE=NearHypnos;13302162]Another fight Sergio seemed noticeably smaller. At this pace he's gonna end up getting KOd unless a long rest does him well.[/QUOTE] To bad many on here still think he "picks on smaller fighters", LMAO.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (18)