Sergio Martinez Retires From Boxing The great Argentinian middleweight has officially announced his retirement from the sport. ________________________________________________________________________________ The news was delivered at the 2015 international boxing hall of fame celebrations as great fighters, past and present, gathered from around the globe, where Sergio broke the news on his Twitter account. This came after months of speculation after his defeat…
Worldwide Weekend Report: Wins for Khan, Wilder, Martinez, Garcia
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By Niall Doran
The boxing bonanza that was last weekend certainly produced some excitement and controversy in equal measures.
Starting off in Sheffield England, Amir Khan was to make his return to the UK for the first time in over two years when he took on tough former champion Julio Diaz. The talk going into the fight was that this should be relatively straight forward for Khan but proved to be anything but straight forward. The first few rounds you could tell Khan was boxing a lot more patiently and conservatively but at times looked like he was caught between his old style and new one. Never the less he racked up points on the scorecards until in round four he was put down by a beautiful left hook to the jaw. He got up and seemed fine and held on to Diaz to buy a little time. As the fight progressed it proved to be a very close fight with Diaz really showing what a tough fighter he was and surprised a lot of people (including myself) that he was there to win and not just make up the numbers. Khan had his moments where he looked very vulnerable and really looked like a man caught between two styles. The scorecards of 114-113, 115-113 and 115-112 in favour of Khan reflected the close nature of the fight, and left plenty of food for thought for Khan and new trainer Virgil Hunter on areas to improve upon before his next outing. On that performance I would imagine the likes of Garcia, Matthysse and Peterson were licking their chops. The question marks on Khan’s chin remain, he just looks so vulnerable whenever he’s hit by anyone who has any sort of power.
On the under card there was some great action. British Olympian Anthony Ogogo made his pro debut with a sensation 2nd round knockout with a peach perfect right hand. He certainly looks to be an excellent prospect at middleweight. The big story on the under card was Deontay Wilder obliterating Audley Harrison inside of 70 seconds in the nights heavyweight encounter. Harrison was never left get into the fight when Wilder landed his first punch of the fight and followed up with a barrage of wild bombs. That’s surely the end of Audley, but then again with him you just never know. Wilder moves to 28-0 (28 KO’s) and will be interesting to see how he fairs with a proper world level operator later in the year. His power is certainly exciting to watch and I for one will certainly be keeping an eye on his career from here on out.
Moving to Argentina, Sergio Martinez defended his middleweight crown with a lucky points win over Martin Murray who gave him the fright of his life. From round one Murray showed that he was there for business and really took the fight to Martinez. Murray looked massive at the weight and really looked to be the physically stronger man. Murray had some decent success early on with the right hand as he tried to hunt Martinez down who was controlling the pace and keeping the fight at his usual comfortable distance. However during the mid rounds Murray managed to open a little gash over Martinez’ eye and you could tell he did not like the sight of his own blood. This discomfort continued for him as the fight wore on and in the 8th round Murray dropped the middleweight king with a right hand which seemed to turn the tide for Murray. However the open scoring system (which I’m not a fan of) in place seemed to suggest otherwise and that Martinez was still ahead going into round 9. In round 10 Murray had Martinez down again but luckily for Martinez it was ruled a slip. The final two rounds were fairly scrappy but I thought Murray’s courageous effort certainly did enough for him to win by a round or two. However the hometown man was always going to get the decision (which he did) but proved that he is certainly on his way down and is there for the taking sooner rather than later by a top middleweight.
In Brooklyn New York action was a plenty when Danny Garcia defended his WBC and WBA light welterweight titles against Zab Judah via a unanimous points decision, however he certainly did not have it all his own way. Garcia got off to the better start landing some hurtful punches at a steady pace to Judah, particularly in rounds 5 and 6. He kept up this pace and knocked Judah down in the 8th to which Zab seemed to recover well enough from. However in the last three rounds of the fight Judah, a man noted for fading in the later rounds in the past, produced his best worked. He rocked Garcia a number of times with some powerful left hands and opened a cut on Garcia’s forehead, all be it from an accident clash of heads. Garcia ran out deserved victory but Judah showed their is still some life in the old dog yet. It will be interesting to see does Garcia get the winner of Peterson v Matthysse, in a fight that without doubt prove who is the best light welterweight on the planet.
On the under card of Garcia v Judah, Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin put on a sensational show to defend his WBO middleweight title with a 7th round TKO victory over a very tough Fernando Guerrero. Quillin was in devastating form, dropping Guerrero four times before the fight eventually was stopped in the 7th round. After a performance like that Quillin has made an argument for himself to be the premier middleweight champion. I would love to see him in there with Martinez who I think he could very well beat at this point. Some other massive fights out there for him would be Chavez Jr or Golovkin. Quillin is a man who is certainly not going anywhere for a while, what a fighter!