Sergio Martinez Vows: Barker will not last the full twelve

By Phil D. Jay

The world’s best middleweight Sergio Martinez has told WBN that current European champion Darren Barker is in for a tough night on October 1st and that he doesn’t plan on the fight going the full twelve rounds.

The 36 year-old has studied tapes of the Londoner and is not taking the fight lightly, although he is a huge favourite to come through the bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

 “I have seen several fights of Barker. He is European Champion and is undefeated and these figures speak for themselves,” Martinez explained to World Boxing News.

“English fighters are always aggressive and Barker has its own style. He is about to get the opportunity of his life so he will be highly motivated to win the fight.

“I am going into this fight with Barker as if it is a world title bout with Kelly Pavlik or Bernard Hopkins.

“I am very clear and I'm going to win and I will win before the twelfth.”

‘Maravilla’ has been preparing with the likes of David Lemieux and undefeated Magomed Abdulusalamov and believes he is in the best shape of his life as his 52nd career fight approaches.

“Every day I am a better boxer, every day I train better, hit harder and think and feel more like a champion.

“I am improving all the time. Training is going perfectly and the sparring is good,” he added.

Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eladio-Mor on 09-09-2011

Its funny how some people act like Sergio is ducking people lol.. Who in 160lbs is left to fight at this point???? Lee and Priong ???? Strum???? Andy Lee is still rebluiding him self .Priong Fell off the face of…

Comment by dvb on 09-09-2011

poor brave and stupid barker,sergio can KO him in one if he wants to. shame on dibella for making this fight. get sergio the title holders and unify the bloody divisions already!

Comment by LeG00N on 09-09-2011

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;11106145]no one even cares about this fight or even knows when this fight is happening. And this dude had the balls to say Pacquiao only fights no-hopers lmao[/QUOTE] I care....... not everything is about your GOD

Comment by jjbj2 on 09-09-2011

Martinez keeps fighting boxers that I have to google. His fight is close enough but no one cares. Martinez should just rematch Paul Williams to finish that other guy's career. Also, fight a real Middleweight top contender.

Comment by bose on 09-09-2011

Anyone seen the video someone posted on another thread where pacquiao is asked who is rios, but when asked about martinez, pac looks like he's seen a ghost, or as if he's gonna be asked next, "when are you going…

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