Predicting an eight round knockout, Sergio Martinez sounds ready to defend The Ring and WBC middleweight titles against unbeaten British contender Martin Murray on Saturday night in front of more than 40,000 hometown fans in Buenos Aires.
Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs), a menacing southpaw who has long been actively involved in domestic violence and anti-bullying causes, most recently fought on September 15 defeating Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. by a unanimous decision to capture the WBC belt.
Conversely, Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs) last vacated the squared circle in November with a sixth round TKO victory over Venezuelan Jorge Navarro.
“We have watched tapes of Martin Murray’s past fights, he is a come forward boxer and will give me a good challenge in the ring, but it will not be enough,” said Martinez, the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” who sustained a partially torn meniscus in his right knee and a broken left hand while utterly outclassing the 27-year-old Chavez (46-1-1-1, 32 KOs) for 11 rounds.
“The way I see this fight playing out in my mind, I will KO Murray in the eighth round. Some people have said Murray is facing me at the right time. Well, those people are in for a surprise on April 27. I might be 38 years old of age, but my body does not feel like it. I take care of myself mentally and physically. I am constantly in the gym working out even when I do not have a fight lined up in order to keep my body in shape. Also my fighting style has allowed me to not age in the boxing ring. My goal is to be the number one pound for pound boxer in the world and I will not stop until I reach that goal.”
Although Murray is a worthy opponent, the man currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the fourth preeminent pound-for-pound pugilist in the world is an elite prizefighter for the ages.
Provided the graying Argentinean is entirely healed, Martinez will overcome the dangerous Martin Murray by roughly “the eighth round” in the South American Paris this weekend.
“Constantly in the gym working out,” Sergio Martinez has a legitimate chance to “reach that goal” and become “the number one pound for pound boxer in the world.”by