By Rene Umanzor
Sampson Lewkowicz, adviser to WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs), is putting together a backup plan for his boxer. Martinez's handlers were trying to secure a fight with former three division champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31KOs) on June 7th, but the Puerto Rican boxer was recently offered over $10 million dollars to face Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-1-1, 30KOs) in the headline bout of a March 8th Showtime pay-per-view.
With Cotto possibly taking a fight with Canelo, Lewkowicz is already putting another scenario in place. An offer has been made to Martinez's mandatory challenger, Marco Antonio Rubio (58-6-1, 50KOs). The fight with Rubio would take place in a stadium in Argentina, and Lewkowicz admits that HBO would likely not be involved.
"We've already made a Rubio a firm proposal to go to Argentina. Unfortunately, the broadcasters who make the fights in the United States, HBO, is not that interested [in the fight]. For that reason the fight has to be in South America. Sergio promised [WBC President Jose] Sulaiman that he would do his mandatory fight. In Argentina they love the idea of [Martinez facing] a Mexican, so it's all geared for that fight. Hopefully in 30 days we can specify the date. In 24 hours we can have a sell out."
"Cotto must make a decision. If he wants to make history on the 7th of June in a stadium with 50,000 people, then perfect, but if not - we'll put 50,000 people in Buenos Aires against Rubio."
Rene Umanzor covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.