“I am tired of hearing Sergio Martinez calling out Floyd and Pacquiao,” exclaimed Dave the Barber as I walked into his fine barber shop on Friday afternoon:” Why don’t he pick on some one his own size. This guy is a middleweight. They are welterweights; they are two divisions apart.”
“That boy thinks he is Roy Jones Jr. with his hands down, “cut in Downtown, Ronnie Brown who is a fixture at Dave’s barbershop:”I know at least two middleweights that are ready to fight him right now. That kid from Brooklyn! What’s his name? Kid Chocolate and that Russian guy who knocked out Danny Jacobs. Translate his name from Russian: it’s a Pie.”
“Dimitry Pirog,” I said.
“Yes,” confirmed Ronnie:” And let me tell you something, Pirog is no cream pie. This boy can fight.”
True to himself, immediately following 11th round knock out of previously undefeated challenger Darren Barker last Saturday, middleweight King, Sergio Martinez called out Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. I am afraid his calls will fall on deaf ears once again. Aside from weight disparity, Martinez who is only known by hardcore boxing fans is a high risk low reward for either of the stars. So why not clean out the gloried middleweight division and unify the titles.
“I’d like to be fighting Sergio Martinez,” said unbeaten middleweight Peter Quillin (25-0,19KO’S) also known as Kid Chocolate:” And I am going to keep mentioning his name only because he is the best in my division. He is the best. He is the guy to go to. I am willing and ready.”
If you like to know how good Kid Chocolate is tune in to HBO’s telecast on November 5th from Cancun, Mexico where Quillin will be facing former stable mate from Wildcard Boxing gym, Scottish prospect, Craig McEwan.
A more realistic fight that could be made right now is a unification showdown with a WBO title holder Dmitry Pirog who was ringside for Martinez’s fight in Atlantic City.
“I am now convinced that he is a man I can beat,” said Pirog in an interview with Boxing Scene immediately following Sergio’s win:” More over, the plan to beat Martinez that I had in my head was correct, a few adjustments aside, if this fight takes place, Martinez would have all kinds of problems with me.”
Despite an eleventh round knock out of Darren Barker, fans of the boxer they call “Maravilla” were left with some questions. Could it be because Barker was landing a right hand with alarming regularity? If only the challenger had a little more pop in his right hand. WBO middleweight champion from Russia, Dmitry Pirog has a lot more pop in his right hand. In fact, a one punch knock out right hand that put previously unbeaten prospect Daniel Jacobs to sleep last year sent the shock waves through Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and is still very vivid in my mind.
Pirog was very complimentary of desired target, Sergio Martinez.
“I admit that Martinez is one of the best middleweights of today,” continued Pirog who believes he has a formula to beat him:” He is good with left hander’s and right hander’s that stand right in front of him, without movement. I am very familiar with his style of boxing, part of which was taken from European school of boxing which I am used to. He can not surprise me with his moves. If he is not going to fight me next it will be to his detriment because I feel that Sergio has reached his peak and as far as boxing, he is not growing any more. On the other hand with each bout I get more experienced and add new dimensions to my game.”
So, who is next for Sergio Martinez?
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