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Sergio Martinez: Barker a Man, Chavez is a Chicken

New York, NY -  The #1 middleweight in the world, and top three pound-for-pound fighter, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's) is preparing for "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's) feverishly, respecting his foe's amateur pedigree and undefeated professional record and putting the final touches on another hard training camp with trainer Pablo Sarmiento and top sparring in Oxnard, CA.  Martinez will be putting his WBC Middleweight Diamond belt and Ring championship on the line against the European Champion Barker, on Saturday, October 1st, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  The show, entitled "Noche de 'Maravilla': Martinez vs. Barker" is being presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Matchroom Sport, and Caesars Atlantic City, and is sponsored by Corona.  The long awaited rematch between Andy Lee and Brian Vera will open the telecast.  The show will be aired live on HBO's World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.

"I have been training very hard and am expecting a tough fight out of Barker on October 1st," said Martinez.  "Barker is coming here to the States undefeated and he intends to leave that way.  I must be in top shape, both physically and mentally, to prevent that from happening.  The fact that Barker is willing to step up and put his undefeated record on the line shows you that he has a lot of heart and that he is a true warrior, which isn't the case for all fighters."

Martinez went onto further comment on the current situation in the middleweight division, and lack of opponents willing to step up to face him, including current WBC belt holder, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

"I would love nothing more than to fight Chavez and take back sole possession of my WBC belt.  Chavez is the one who has been afraid and continues to avoid the fight.  He also seems to be an expert at pulling out of fights.  If he can defeat Peter Manfredo, Chavez will fight me like the man his father was, or I will fight a worthier challenger for the WBC Middleweight belt that is rightfully mine."

Tickets for "Noche de 'Maravilla'" are priced at $300, $200, $100, and $50, and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster retail outlet, or in person at the Boardwalk Hall box office.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by right hand jab on 09-10-2011

[QUOTE=daggum;11109513]yes exactly. he fought the top guys but now he's cherry picking easy fights with hardly any risk. aka a cherry picker. why doesn't he have to fight anyone dangerous anymore? it's not like guys like pirog are even super…

Comment by boxerbrando on 09-10-2011

All this steroid $hit has to stop!A fighter is kicking a$$ and all of sudden he's on steoids?I guess Floyd on steroids too and he injects stuff in his hands?He became "great afte fighting DLH.He must be on roids.Stupid a$$…

Comment by ricky1978 on 09-09-2011

[QUOTE=Rikanlynx86;11109466]Agreed. All of a sudden Sergio is a cherry picker? Fought Cintron, Williams twice, Pavlik, and now hes taking some 0's. Hes been avoided forever, and it continues...[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=.WaRCoTTo.;11109489]fighting Kermit Cintron, Paul Williams TWICE, Kelly Pavlik, and Dzinzinruk all back…

Comment by RuMbLe on 09-09-2011

Haha, Martinez is just bitter none of the guys he wants to cherry pick will give him the time of day. Ok, it's a joke that Chavez Jr is champ, but Martinez looking desperate to fight him is an even…

Comment by daggum on 09-09-2011

[QUOTE=Corelone;11110654]Molina had a draw with Lara, and Lara lost to Paul Williams in real life. Talk about going from here to there.[/QUOTE] well if you watched those fights you would see those decisions were not correct. when the people making…

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