DiBella Discusses Sergio Martinez's Options 160 and 154

By Ryan Burton
We recently welcomed Lou DiBella to The Boxing Lab,'s official audio show. The rambunctious promoter gave us his take on the future of Sergio Martinez who in his last fight came from behind on the scorecards and knocked out Mathew Macklin on St. Patrick's Day. DiBella said that his fighter always aims to please the fans and doesn't mind rolling the dice inside of the ring.
"He has always been a little bit vulnerable. He's always in entertaining fights. Have you ever seen him in a boring fight?" asked DiBella. He continued his thoughts on Martinez by talking about his level of opposition and also the Argentine's habit of keeping his hands low.  "Since he started fighting on HBO he hasn't had easy fights for the most part. He just has a switch where he turns it on.  He takes chances to entertain. When your hands are hanging below your balls you are vulnerable," he continued.
The New York based promoter has lobbied on behalf of Martinez for fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for over a year now.  While those efforts have so far failed to bear fruit, DiBella is optimistic that he will be able secure one of those opponents in the future. There are serious discussions to match Martinez against the winner of Chavez vs. Andy Lee, which takes place on June 16th.
"I would love to see what he could do even at a weight disadvantage versus Floyd.  I am sure Floyd would take that fight.  After Cotto that is the only fight that makes sense for him.  I have a lot of respect for Floyd," stated DiBella.  "I would also love to see him versus Chavez. Chavez was mediocre but lets give him credit.  He's improved a lot and he's an animal at that weight. He's a big man for the weight class."
DiBella said that he doesn't see any reason outside of a fight against Mayweather for Martinez to move down to the junior middleweight division.  He thinks that it makes more sense for some of the 154 pound fighters to move up to middleweight where they can challenge a top 5 pound for pound fighter without risking their junior middleweight ranking.
"Where are the big fights?  There aren't any fights at 154. Who Kirkland, who can't fight?" DiBella said while taking a shot at Kirkland who won by controversial disqualification this past Saturday. "It wouldn't be my first inclination for him to move down but we would for the right fight. Some of these 154 pounders should move up to fight Sergio.  They can fight him and keep their ranking at 154," he concluded.
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gino Ros on 04-11-2012

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;11991063]The perverse side of me wants to see Kirkland face Martinez just to see Ann Wolfe's reaction when he's knocked out cold.[/QUOTE] WAIT - there's a side of you that is NOT perverse? :D

Comment by Jack Napier on 04-11-2012

Sergio can beat anybody at MW or JMW he should do it and forget chasing unrealistic big fights Pac and Floyd aren't gonna fight him just go about beating all the ranked guys around you after Chavez, nothing for him…

Comment by IMDAZED on 04-11-2012

The perverse side of me wants to see Kirkland face Martinez just to see Ann Wolfe's reaction when he's knocked out cold.

Comment by KTFO on 04-11-2012

Sergio being too small for super middle is the same argument people use that Pac/Floyd are too small to fight Sergio. They both would give up advantages in height, reach, strength, punching power, body mass, etc the same way he…

Comment by KTFO on 04-11-2012

[QUOTE=mathed;11990400]Martinez is a small mw, he'd be smaller than arthur abraham at smw. Ward should move down to 160 or 164 to fight Martinez[/QUOTE] For what it's worth Sergio is actually taller and sports a 3 to 4 inch reach…

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