Sergio Martinez Would Be Ready For Cotto Next Summer

By Rick Reeno

Sampson Lewkowicz, adviser to WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs), has advised that his fighter would be ready to face former three division king Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31KOs), or anyone else, by the early part of next summer.

Cotto returned on Saturday night in Orlando, where he snapped a two-fight losing streak with a three round demolition job of Delvin Rodriguez. Martinez is recovering from multiple injuries that he suffered in April's decision win over Martin Murray.

Following Cotto's win, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum discussed his desire to match the Puerto Rican star against Martinez next. Cotto's new trainer, Freddie Roach, said a catch-weight is not necessary because his boxer is "big enough" to go against Martinez at the full middleweight limit . The match would give Cotto the opportunity to become the first Puerto Rican boxer to win a fourth world title in a fourth weight division.

"The one thing that I'm not going to do is negoiate the terms through the press. Because when you negotiate through the press things sometimes get f**ked up. We once mentioned the weight of 158, but I do agree with Freddie Roach - there is no reason for a catch-weight, because at 160 it would be a true middleweight fight for Cotto. But, when the time is right - Team Martinez, along with our promoter Lou DiBella, will discuss the next fight for Maravilla and we'll have a plan A and a Plan B," Lewkowicz told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by NearHypnos on 10-08-2013

[QUOTE=dc3383;13818114]He made that same offer to Manny also; he is willing to go down and fight two welterweights but not willing to go up and fight Andre ward.[/QUOTE] You mean he challenged some guys who were fighting for HIS belt?…

Comment by a_fuego on 10-07-2013

[QUOTE=Tyler_Durden;13818830]Let them sell Martinez vs Cotto to people that don't know anything about boxing. Those of us with real interest in true fights, know that if they want to talk about Cotto vs Martinez then they have to talk about…

Comment by Tyler_Durden on 10-07-2013

Let them sell Martinez vs Cotto to people that don't know anything about boxing. Those of us with real interest in true fights, know that if they want to talk about Cotto vs Martinez then they have to talk about…

Comment by MikeRo1972 on 10-07-2013

[QUOTE=SaldanaCC;13818033]Can somebody....anybody.......please tell me why the f**k sergio is talking cotto....!!!!???? Why is he talking floyd....!!!!????? When GGG is f**king sergios whole division up!!!!!!!!!??????? Sergio is talking p4p when he isnt even king of his division!!!! Floyd is whoopin champs…

Comment by nycsmooth on 10-07-2013

right now the best $$ bout for Cotto is vs Alvarez, around February...doubt Alvarez/Reynoso would go 4 it...Cotto will do a # on him...

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