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Team Sergio Martinez: We'll Never Let Him Fight at 168!

By Keith Idec
 
ATLANTIC CITY — If you’re intrigued by the idea of Sergio Martinez moving up to battle Bernard Hopkins, Lucian Bute or the Andre Ward-Carl Froch winner, don’t get your hopes up.

His handlers said Sunday after the undisputed middleweight champion’s 11th-round knockout of Darren Barker that, if anything, he’ll head down in weight for the right fight, not up.

“I will not allow him to fight at 168, put it that way, ever,” said Sampson Lewkowicz, Martinez’s adviser. “So whoever comes with 170 or 168, my promoter [Lou DiBella] and myself and our team will not allow it. [Martinez] can say whatever he wants, but he will not fight at super middleweight. He’s too small for 168.”

The 5-foot-10 Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) weighed in Friday at just 158 pounds for his 160-pound championship match against the 6-foot Barker (23-1, 14 KOs), who weighed 160. Martinez weighed just 165 pounds on HBO’s unofficial scale Saturday night.

“He’s smaller than every one of these guys he’s fighting at middleweight, every one of them,” DiBella said. “[Victor] Ortiz weighed the same thing in the frigging dressing room before [he fought Floyd] Mayweather as [Martinez] just weighed in a middleweight championship fight. He weighed in at [158], eating every meal all week, including cheesecake at the press conference.”

Martinez didn’t seem interested, either, when HBO’s Larry Merchant asked him in the immediate aftermath of beating Barker about possibly moving up to 170 pounds to challenge Hopkins, if the 46-year-old Hopkins defeats Chad Dawson in their light heavyweight title fight Oct. 15 in Los Angeles.

“One-seventy is a lot of weight for me,” Martinez said. “Before the fight [against Barker], I was 165.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Maidana vs Rios on 10-05-2011

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;11245592]If he doesn't even weigh 168 on fight night, then he shouldn't fight guys that weigh in at 168. No one should have a problem here. EDIT: Let me rephrase that, I understand why he wouldn't fight guys at 168.…

Comment by Tulisanto on 10-04-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;11253287][B]Hold on !![/B] I did not say that rehydration [B]was[/B] detrimental, I said that it can be detrimental. If you rehydrate incorrectly, or take on too much water over a short period of time, it can definitely be detrimental, no…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 10-04-2011

[QUOTE=Horvo;11252271]Rehydration weight is irrelevant? Seriously? So if Ortiz had only been able to add three pounds of water against PBF he would have been just fine? In fact he would have been better because rehydrating is "detrimental"? Wow. And I…

Comment by Horvo on 10-04-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;11252129]Dont be ridiculous, same-day weigh-ins changed nothing. The amount of muscle-mass and conditioning that you take into a fight is solely determined at the official weigh-in, rehydration weight is irrelevant, and can even be detrimental..... now that there are multitudes…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 10-04-2011

[QUOTE=Horvo;11251836]So you must also realize that same day weigh-ins totally changed the equation. Pacquiao is one of the few WW's that could handle same day weigh-ins. With a same day weigh in PAC would fight Sergio at 154, maybe even…

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