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Rocky Martinez Reportedly Not Interested in Rios Shot

By Ryan Burton
 
BoxingScene.com recently reported that former super featherweight champion Rocky Martinez was the frontrunner to face WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios on the televised undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito rematch that takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York on December 3rd.
 
For the fight to take place Martinez would first have to defeat Daniel Attah, whom he faces Saturday in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  BoxingScene spoke to sources close to the situation who revealed that Martinez is not interested in moving up to 135 pounds at this time. 
 
"Rocky weighed 131.5 pounds on Monday.  He was almost right on weight four days before the weigh in," stated one of the sources. "Rocky has no problem making 130 and it wouldn't make any sense to move up right now even though it would be an honor to be on that card. As a matter of fact he could make 126 if he needed to.  Rocky may look to 135 one day but that day is probably a couple years away.  He said that he is very happy fighting at 130 which is his natural weight."
 
According to our sources, Martinez has his mind set on recapturing his WBO super featherweight title.  Martinez lost his title to Ricky Burns in September of last year when he lost a close decision to Ricky Burns in Scottish's backyard.  Burns has since vacated the title and moved up to lightweight.  The title is now vacant although Adrien Broner is rumored to be fighting for it next month versus an opponent to be determined.
 
"All of Rocky's focus is on his fight against Attah and then regaining his title that he lost.  He eats, sleeps and dreams about getting his title back.  That is where all of his focus is at," said one of our sources. 
 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by [email protected] on 09-30-2011

[QUOTE=borikua;11232852]Would be dumb to take on Rios in his first fight at 135 after a long layoff.[/QUOTE] Told ya, Rocky was not fighting Rios!! [QUOTE=ThePrince;11232863]So who's the frontrunner(s) now?[/QUOTE] The fight will be against Molina Jr.!

Comment by Ringlife on 09-30-2011

I like Rocky but no Rios right now he needs to stay at 130 and fight the top guys their. Rios is the top dude at 135 Rios should be fighting John John Molina is the best fight that can…

Comment by AP♠ on 09-30-2011

Rios is too big to began with.never the less nobody can't beat him in his own division.

Comment by TheMexHurricane on 09-30-2011

[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]Good for him. Rocky is nobodies doormat but I don't think he could beat Rios. It might even be a career changing type of brutal fight for him. This is better-- we can have Latino champs @ 135 and a…

Comment by sdcluser on 09-30-2011

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11232839]BoxingScene.com recently reported that former super featherweight champion Rocky Martinez was the frontrunner to face WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios on the televised undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito rematch that takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York…

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