Despite getting bloodied and hitting the canvas midway through the eighth round, Argentinean Sergio Martinez unanimously outpointed formidable Englishman Martin Murray to escape with The Ring and WBC middleweight belts on Saturday night in Buenos Aires.
Battling in the South American Paris for the first time in 11 years, all three judges ruled that the hometown Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) defeated the 30-year-old Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) by a score of 115-112.
“Thanks Argentina. Thanks for following me. I love you a lot,” said Martinez, 38, a southpaw who apparently again suffered a broken left hand during the scrap.
Although emerging victorious, Martinez is clearly graying and no longer the dominant force that earned the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” award.
Furthermore, had the bout occurred in London, Murray easily could have vacated the squared circle as an unbeaten champion.
Ultimately, Sergio Martinez should “thank Argentina” and the scorekeepers.by