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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 04-29-2013

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.

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