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Sergio Martinez's Promoter on Cotto Fight, Andy Lee, Zbik

By Rick Reeno

In the next two weeks, promoter Lou DiBella plans to sit down with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, and adviser Sampson Lewkowicz, to finalize an opponent for a March date on HBO. The preference by Team Martinez is a catch-weight showdown with WBA 154-pound champion Miguel Cotto. Martinez is willing to squeeze down to 155-pounds to defend his belt against Cotto in March.

The Puerto Rican champion is scheduled to meet with his promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, on Saturday in Anaheim, California. Arum will present several scenarios for 2011, and Cotto will make his decision. There are reports coming out of Puerto Rico which indicate Cotto's interest in a fight with Martinez, but Top Rank is more interested in staging a rematch between Cotto and Antonio Margarito in June.

"Everything comes down to Cotto. If he wants the fight to happen, it's going to happen. If doesn't want the fight, it won't happen. He could fight Martinez in March and still fight Margarito. That fight will always be there because it's a grudge match," DiBella said to BoxingScene.com.

One of the Cotto alternatives being discussed is Andy Lee, who is trained by Emanuel Steward. Both DiBella and Steward like the fight.

"It's possible. That's a big fight in New York. If we put that fight in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, I think the fight would sell out in a few days," DiBella said.

And earlier this week, the WBC ordered Martinez to defend his title against unbeaten interim-champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany. DiBella and Zbik's promoter, Universum, have a few weeks to work out the details. A purse bid is scheduled for January 7 in Mexico City.

"I think if the right fight comes along, like a Cotto, we'll work something out with Zbik's people and the WBC. By the time of the purse bid, we should know who we're fighting in March," DiBella said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fightingfigs on 12-04-2010

[QUOTE=slickrick9783;9718212]Come on, Martinez was NOT outboxed by Cintron. Not only is Martinez a better pure boxer than Cotto, he's bigger, stronger, and FASTER than him also. No way Cotto can overcome that. And who has Cotto beaten that was bigger…

Comment by CharliesRecords on 12-03-2010

Andy Lee?...what do they want a dead paddy?...get cotto in there at least he has proven to be a warrior...

Comment by UglyPug on 12-03-2010

I don't think they think to say Cotto/Lee, because first off, why would Dibella want that fight to get made? lol, neither are his guys... and second, yeah stewart wouldn't want that fight because it is between basically his second…

Comment by mathed on 12-03-2010

[QUOTE=csko-2k1;9718100]Basically Martinez Was OUTBOXED by Cintron in a way,and Cotto is way better boxing than Cintron...I Have Cotto by U.D.Steward wants Lee to fight him cause he has Martinez figured out....But doesn't think Arum will let Cotto fight him,But I…

Comment by isbj on 12-03-2010

[QUOTE=csko-2k1;9718100]Basically Martinez Was OUTBOXED by Cintron in a way,and Cotto is way better boxing than Cintron...[/QUOTE] Cintron got KO'd by Martinez, but dumbass ref didn't know what he was doing! Cintron was pwned the whole fight!!!

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