Daniel Santos Speaks, Wants Sergio Martinez in March

By Mark Vester

WBA junior middleweight champ Daniel Santos says that his promoter, Don King, jumped the gun by announcing that he accepted a deal to fight Sergio Martinez, the WBC-interim champ, as part of an HBO televised triple-header on February 14.

As previously reported by's Rick Reeno, Santos was out of shape and needed more time to prepare for the bout with Martinez. Santos has personally confirmed the information. Santos says that because his previously scheduled fight [January 3] fell through, he stopped training and would never have been able to get ready in time.

"I've been going on a month without training because the fight that I had scheduled in January was canceled. A month of training is not sufficient. I am not the type of boxer who accepts a fight at the last minute to save an event for a sum of money.  I deserve a little more [respect] than that. I am a three time world champion," Santos told Primera Hora

Santos is hoping that King can reschedule the fight with Martinez for March. Santos may not get what he wants. Sampson Lewkowicz, the agent for Martinez, told BoxingScene that he plans to secure an HBO-approved replacement by January 14. If he fails, he will ask the WBC to schedule a purse bid for Martinez's mandatory shot at Vernon Forrest.

"[In March] it can be against Martínez or someone else, but I want a reasonable amount of time [to train]. I have maintained my running and I'm already going to start training," Santos said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dondi330 on 01-13-2009

[QUOTE=rogdogx;4589395][QUOTE=mangler;4586713] watch the whole thing jackasses and u will see margarito was bein sarcastic. shows yall r just idiots that don't watch the fights and just go wit what one idiot says like its fact [url][/url][/QUOTE] Sounds to me like…

Comment by rogdogx on 01-13-2009

[QUOTE=mangler;4586713][QUOTE=Thadrow;4586689] ^^^ Who didn't see this shit comin?[/QUOTE] watch the whole thing jackasses and u will see margarito was bein sarcastic. shows yall r just idiots that don't watch the fights and just go wit what one idiot says like…

Comment by dondi330 on 01-13-2009

[QUOTE=roujinziro;4586671]That makes a lot of sense, at least Martinez-Santos should be competitive and worth watching, unlike Tarver-Dawson II. Still, Santos is a champion, and shouldn't be forced to take any fight on short notice without the proper time to prepare.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Vader21 on 01-13-2009

Santos porque eres tan bacalaoooooooooo!!? Si no hubieras estao bebiendo ron y comiendo arroz con gandulez y lechon en las navidades podias coger la pelea. Dude should've gone for the fight, Santos gets absolutely no TV exposure at least here…

Comment by MANGLER on 01-13-2009

[QUOTE=Thadrow;4586689][QUOTE=rogdogx;4586678] excuse me ?! [url][/url] OWNED.[/QUOTE] ^^^ Who didn't see this shit comin?

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