Atlantic City, NJ -- On Friday, October 22, reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez and three-time world champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams went to the scales for the Official WBC 30-day Weigh-In. Martinez weighing in at 176, from his camp in Oxnard, CA and from Wash., DC, Williams weighed 162 pounds. The contract weight for the Saturday, November 20 bout at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall is 157-pounds.
Sergio Martinez: "Dropping weight has never been an issue for me. It hasn't been hard. It's more difficult to get in the ring and battle against Paul Williams or Kelly Pavlik. Cutting weight... that's easy."
"My weight loss won't slow me down. On the contrary, I gain speed. The speed will bring more of the element of surprise. With more surprise brings more potential and ability. I'll be stronger than my last fight against Williams and Kelly Pavlik."
Paul Williams: "I don't see Sergio's weight making a difference," said The Punisher. "He's been doing this his entire career and he has been prevailing and performing. If he weighed in at 176 then he must have started the camp weighing 200lbs. Ultimately what matters, is that he comes in at 157 at the official weigh in. I had lunch 2 hours before I weighed-in to be sure I would be within weight guidelines (chuckling)."
Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City are presenting this evening of boxing. Martinez vs. Williams II - will be broadcast on HBO's World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.
Tickets, priced at $400, $200, $100 and $50, are on sale and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com .