The Sergio Martinez Case Files


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An overview-through links and excerpts-of Sergio Martinez culled from the files of TCS. Relive the last two years of his career as Martinez heads into a real superfight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tonight.

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El Jefe: Martinez W12 Pavlik

If Argentina has anything similar to the concept of menefreghista, then Sergio Martinez is probably its most visible practitioner. Martinez is practically unflappable in the ring, and his disregard for consequences between the ropes, often reckless, is indicative of the remarkable confidence he has as a fighter. Last night before a crowd of over 6,000 at Boardwalk Hall, Martinez laughed, showboated, boxed, boogied, brawled, ignored a knockdown, and shouted “Mas!” at a bloody and bewildered Kelly Pavlik before being rewarded with an upset unanimous decision over the recognized middleweight champion of the world. Final scores were 116-111, 115-111, and 115-112. From El Jefe: Martinez W12 Pavlik

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Sound & Fury: The Mosley-Mora PPV Migraine, Williams-Martinez II Signed, The Morality Squad Vanishes

Two fighters who usually duck through the ropes with the best—Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez—meet in a rematch of their superb 2009 thriller in November. Although Williams blotched his “fearless” reputation recently by hesitating so long to sign against Martinez, the fight is set and its delay is irrelevant at this point. Team Williams, however, has asked Martinez, the middleweight champion, for a catchweight of 157 pounds. Protests, anyone, or will there just be a lot of excuses thrown around? You know, how can Williams win the middleweight title while imposing artificial weight limits on the defending champion? Somebody start an online petition! Because Martinez is a true prizefighter and not Andre Berto or Alfredo Angulo, he readily agreed. As for the question of morality? It probably never crossed his mind.

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Iron Dogs: Paul Williams-Sergio Martinez Preview

Although they fought to a close–and brutal–decision last year, there are some differences to note in their rematch, factors that may or may not affect the outcome in Atlantic City. First, Martinez, who was a late substitute in 2009, will have a full training camp to make adjustments to his game plan. Similarly, Williams, although he had a full camp, was preparing to face an orthodox fighter in ponderous Kelly Pavlik and wound up fighting a fleet southpaw instead. He also had to labor under the handicap of a cut above his right eye. In addition, Randy Neumann, who could foul up a flea circus, will presumably not be there to, as usual, mar proceedings. Nor will Pierre Benoist (ranked #7 in the 2009 Rogues Gallery) be at ringside looking to take his misanthropy out on hardworking prizefighters. From Iron Dogs: Paul Williams-Sergio Martinez Preview

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DINAMITA! Sergio Martinez KO 2 Paul Williams

It was a stunning knockout and an equally stunning victory for a fighter, Martinez, whose exuberance in the ring is palpable. With a highlight reel win over a legitimate tough guy, Martinez, 46-2-2 (25), now has the chance to build on a bold style whose jitterbugging aspects, for one night, were tempered by something a little less dashing but no less thrilling: pure dynamite. From DINAMITA! Sergio Martinez KO 2 Paul Williams.

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ON PIER 6: Bradley Nears Pacquiao, DiBella & The Maravilla Mess, Cortez Bounced, JM Lopez Returns

Sergio Martinez faces Darren Barker in Atlantic City Saturday night in a fight that might have been off the boards before the internet age. Barker may not be the equivalent of the Duke of Wellington, but he is a competent prizefighter—and that, in itself, is an accomplishment. Still, Barker has never fought on this level before, and there is no reason to think that he will suddenly enter the ring tomorrow night ready to thrash Martinez the way the “Iron Duke” whipped Napoleon at Waterloo. The most interesting aspect surrounding Martinez-Barker, however, is the vaudeville act kick-started by Lou DiBella a couple of weeks ago. Linking Martinez with a porn star, having him make an appearance at a sporting goods store, and offering discount tickets to the entire East Coast, DiBella has tried everything so far except having some poor shlub wear a sandwich board in Chinatown, or having Martinez demonstrate the Heimlich Maneuver in a World Famous Sausage Emporium.

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Sound & Fury: Donaire Departs Top Rank, Sergio Martinez & Co., Cotto-Margarito, Klitschko-Solis

As for Martinez, he should be on Univision, Telefutura, Telemundo, and Galavision more often. (Booked for appearances, not fights, of course.) The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will be the site of an international friendlies match between the U.S. and Argentina on March 26. That sounds like a perfect publicity opportunity for Martinez, who used to play soccer, but is anyone going to pursue marketing possibilities? In an age when managers are basically bagmen and some promoters merely take orders from HBO, it remains to be seen who would even think about publicity concerns for a fighter who can be extraordinarily popular with just a little imagination.

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Hardchaw, Dreaming: Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin Preview

Macklin, 29, will be the third consecutive fairly anonymous European to face Martinez, whose mythical “P-4-P” status allows him to call out welterweights, hold press conferences to bewail his lot as a prizefighter, and face run-of-the-mill opponents for exorbitant purses despite an inability to sell tickets or produce significant ratings points for HBO. If you think all this P-4-P nonsense does not affect reality, think again. By having a free PR campaign comprised of media members, pound-for-pound penthouse dwellers eventually come around to believing their own blogspot clippings. It is also the reason why tickets to Martinez fights are so expensive, since his standing as a “superstar” is used by Lou DiBella, rightly so, it should be noted, as a promotional tool to hype any fight involving “Maravilla.” From Hardchaw, Dreaming: Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin Preview

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MERCIFUL HOUR: Sergio Martinez TKO11 Matthew Macklin

With the win, Martinez can continue his vendetta against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and the WBC (whose garish “Diamond Doodad” he was proud to display in the ring on Saturday night) to the delight of his crackpot fanclub, few of whom, apparently, bothered to attend the fight, which is a shame, because Martinez is someone who is keenly aware of his style as a sort of art. It is a nervy style, one wholly dependent on anticipation, reflex, improvisation. Some of his moves on the perimeter seem to be little more than whimsy and the hands-down technique is bound to catch up with him sooner or later, but Martinez can get away with what he does because of his speed and because of how strange much of what he does is. Most idiosyncratic of all is the fact that Martinez, a southpaw, moves almost exclusively to his left, which is why Macklin began to have success with lead rights during the middle rounds. From MERCIFUL HOUR: Sergio Martinez TKO11 Matthew Macklin

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