Sergio Martinez: I’ll never fight Cotto, because he’s been ducking me for 1.5 years
By Dan Ambrose: Former two time world champion Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KO’s) has pretty much given up all hope of ever facing WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO’s), who Martinez feels has been ducking him for the last year and half despite Martinez’s frequent attempts to get a fight with him.
Speaking on his twitter account, Martinez said “I’ll never fight Cotto. He is ducking me 1.5 years ago and until…I’m gong to be number #1 P4P. It’s my obsession.”
Indeed, Cotto probably won’t ever fight Martinez unless perhaps Martinez starts to suddenly look shot to pieces and has lost his skills enough for Cotto to have a chance at winning. Cotto hasn’t taken on a good top fighter since being destroyed by Manny Pacquiao two years ago. Since then, he’s faced WBA junior middleweight paper champion Yuri Foreman and easily beat him, and then beaten 38-year-old former two time world champion Ricardo Mayorga last March in a 12th round TKO win for Cotto. It was a fight where Cotto didn’t look impressive for the most part and was forced to box because he was getting drilled by Mayorga when he would exchange shots with him early.
Martinez has won his last three fights against Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and Sergiy Dzinziruk and looks nearly unbeatable right now. He has a fight scheduled for October against number #3 ranked World Boxing Council middleweight contender Darren Barker. Few people are giving Barker any chance against the hard hitting southpaw Martinez.
Martinez doesn’t see any point in facing junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan now, saying “Two years ago it would have been a good fight. Now [it] makes no sense.” Martinez clearly means he’s fighting too good at this point for Martirosyan to compete with him and he’s probably correct. I can’t see Martirosyan doing any better than Dzinziruk did in his 8th round blowout loss to Martinez in March.