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Richard ‘The Secret’ Williams Backs Darren Barker

By Terence Dooley

Barnet stylist Darren Barker faces the stiffest test of his professional career when travelling to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall venue on October 1st to challenge 160lb WBC ‘diamond’ titlist Sergio Gabriel Martinez.  ‘Dazzling’ holds a perfect record, 23-0 (14), and has held the British, Commonwealth and EBU middleweight straps, however he has a hard assignment on his plate given Martinez’s recent form.

Barker’s preparations have been boosted by a message from Richard ‘The Secret’ Williams.  Williams has sparred Barker and twice fought Martinez, losing by decision and via ninth-round TKO in 2003 and 2004 respectively.  Williams held the Commonwealth and IBO light-middleweight belts during his nine-year career; he feels that the 29-year-old will be able to match Martinez in key departments.

“I think he’s got a very good chance.  I sparred Darren years ago when he was just starting out as a professional and certainly I could tell then that he was definitely going to be a champion,” revealed ‘The Secret’ when speaking to Sky Sports.

“Martinez is 36, he’s on a high, he had a fantastic year last year and is a quick fighter himself.  When I fought Sergio I didn’t find his strength or size a real presence to push you around of anything like that.  I think that is where Darren will be able to capitalise.”

“Sergio is a sharp puncher but not a heavy, concussive hitter, it was just that I couldn’t get out of the way.  This chance is why most fighters fight.  They want that defining fight, the one that helps them say, ‘Yeah, I’m one of the best in the world’, and I’ll be cheering Darren on,” declared Williams.

Martinez, 47-2-2 (26), has moved from strength-to-strength since his battles with the Stockwell sharpshooter, his recent run climaxing with middleweight wins over Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, after a drawn first fight, and Serhiy Dzinziruk.  ‘Maravilla’ is the favourite going into his latest defence but the Argentine will have to ward off a spirited effort from Barker come the night.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxerDood on 07-29-2011

After seeing Barker against Samuels, I can't see how he'll be a problem to Martinez. He'll most likely get knocked out. And Martinez is certainly not the same fighter he was when he fought Richard Williams.

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 07-29-2011

If you haven't seen it, here it is. Martinez gets knocked down twice.

Comment by Fishkie on 07-29-2011

I remember watching them 2 fights. 'The Secret' was one ov my fav domestic fighters. Although He was finished when he fought the rematch. I just cant see how Barker can beat Martinez atm, he's a much better fighter now.

Comment by LoveForBoxing on 07-29-2011

i have a bet that barker will win if hes conditioned he's a slick fighter and i think he wins on points the only way martinez wins is a knockout but barker has a solid chin come onnn barker !!

Comment by UglyPug on 07-29-2011

according to mayweather, boxers just don't "start getting good" in there 30's. they are on steroids if they do! sergio on steroids? manny on steroids? they lost early in their careers, were even stopped, and now they are doing what…

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