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Roach Confident Cotto Will Exploit Martinez's Style

By Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is not impressed with the fighting style of WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs). The Argentine star will defend his title, on June 7th at New York's Madison Square Garden, against Roach's newest pupil Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31KOs), who will attempt to win a fourth world title in his fourth weight division.

Martinez has an unorthodox fighting style where his hands are often seen at his waist. He uses a combination of defense and quickness to get away from the incoming punches of his opponents. But his style might be catching up to him, says Roach, as Martinez has been down in last two fights. 

"Anyone who fights with his hands down and doesn't have a real reason for it - I kind of laugh at. There is a way to beat that and we'll have that advantage all night long because I don't think he can change who he is," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

"Martinez is a nice guy. I think he's a great athlete, but I don't think he's a great boxer. When you fight with your hands down like that - you won't beat one of my better fighters. He's a great athlete and his athleticism has got him this far. But against top notch fighters I don't think he's going to do well."

Roach went up against Martinez in 2012, when the veteran coach was training Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. While Chavez lost eleven rounds in a row, he finally erupted in the twelfth - where he dropped and nearly stopped Martinez.

If Chavez had taken his training camp more seriously, Roach believes he would have knocked Martinez out in eight. He also feels Martinez is suffering from the aftershocks of that match.

"Julio only trained for five days. If he was disciplined like he was in the first three fights [with me], he would have been in shape and took it right to him. He lost eleven rounds and didn't let his hands go until the last round. [If he trained and was in shape] he wins the fight, knocks him out inside of six to eight rounds. Martinez tried to knock Chavez out so badly in that fight, I think he left a lot of his game in the ring that night," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by B.U.R.N.E.R on 04-12-2014

[QUOTE=ColdBlooded;14416622]Cotto couldn't outbox Austin Trout. He's not likely to outbox a superior southpaw in Martinez.[/QUOTE] Trout and Martinez fight NOTHING alike.

Comment by Da Boxer on 04-12-2014

[QUOTE=Still Burner;14416498]I've been saying this before it was signed. Cotto will outbox him at times. Cotto 116-112 or 115-113. Ive had Cotto in this fight for a while not not changing it.[/QUOTE] Cool avatar bro!

Comment by Bushbaby on 04-12-2014

On a pfp level, Martinez and Cotto are similarly skilled. However this fight is against an averaged sized welterweight and a big jr middleweight/ middleweight. Martinez is simply the bigger man with compatible skill. It's not like Cotto is on…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 04-12-2014

[QUOTE=Beater_of_ass;14417391]Since... forever. It's obvious you know nothing about boxing... Martinez is fighting guys who are 175+ pounds, of course he is going to be faster than those guys because he is smaller than them. He has faster combinations than Martinez…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 04-12-2014

[QUOTE=BigAlexSand;14417447]This is a bunch on nonsense. Cotto hasn't won a significant fight since Mosely at welterweight. Cotto might have a slight speed advantage but the power, weight, height and arm length advantage. The only way Cotto can win is by…

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