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Sergio Martinez: Murray Will Not Last Beyond The Eight

The boxer who beat Lionel Messi into second place as Argentina’s sports star of the year, has big plans for 2013.

WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez said in Buenos Aires on Wednesday he would stop Briton Martin Murray within eight rounds in his next title defence in April.

Martinez, who was voted Argentina's sport personality of the year on Tuesday night, ahead of goal-scoring football hero Messi, will make his first defense since beating Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas in September.

The fight will take place in Buenos Aires on April 27, possibly at the Velez Sarsfield soccer stadium.

"Murray is a great sportsman; to be respected. He's young and strong. It's great that he wants to give his all but the fight won't go past the eighth round," Martinez told reporters on Wednesday.

Murray, the WBA's top-ranked middleweight, said he respected Martinez as an excellent fighter.

"He began at the bottom and today he's the most powerful in the division. But I'm better and can beat him," said Murray.

"It will be a great opportunity for me to show the world who I am."

Martinez, known as Maravilla (Marvel) is regarded as one of the four best boxers in the world, pound for pound. Murray is promoted by former world champion Ricky Hatton.

The 37-year-old Martinez’s professional record stands at 50-2-2, including 28 knockouts. Murray is 30 years old and has won 25 fights and drawn once.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4P_No1 on 12-21-2012

[QUOTE=The Smash;12838672]Then why was Martinez bloodied, battered and undertaking major surgery after the fight? Chavez won the fight 10-1-1 on my scorecard and that's not including Tony Week's disgracefully long count, Martinez was out, or his failure to stop the…

Comment by Sweet Pea 50 on 12-21-2012

[QUOTE=kiaba360;12839262]I'm just hoping that his knee holds up without any crazy [B]s[/B]hit happening.[/QUOTE] That's what I'm saying. Sergio isn't a youngster. He is older then me, lol. And injuries like that aren't just "laugh it off" anymore, and double that…

Comment by G22 on 12-21-2012

Murrays a strong unbeaten fighter who will be bigger than Sergio so its not a walk over. The Brit fought competativley with Sturm but as we saw with Macklin if you are level with Sturm then it menas you are…

Comment by Mister_Sinister on 12-21-2012

[QUOTE=intoccabile;12840075]Umm. there was nothing wrong with Martinez face, at all. Watch the post fight interview. He got a cut, big whoop, and the bleeding stopped instantly Thank you, now i don't even have to respond to this imbecile lol. Martinez…

Comment by intoccabile on 12-21-2012

[QUOTE=budfr;12839986]Listen fool, Martinez is one of the best and he was robbed vs Cintron but the first Williams fight could have gone either way. And stop putting Chavez pic on your posts, his face was like that because he didnt…

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