Sergio Martinez defeats Martin Murray in an impressive performance
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) put in an impressive performance tonight in defeating previously unbeaten challenger Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. The final judges’ scores were 115-112, 115-112 and 115-112.
Murray knocked Martinez down with a right hand in the 8th round. Martinez wasn’t hurt by the shot. It was more of a case of Martinez moving away at the time that he was hit.
Before any of Murray’s fans start to bellyache about Murray being robbed tonight. Murray himself admitted that he lost the fight, saying “I didn’t do enough to win tonight.”
There was a close call slip in the 10th round where Martinez slipped on the rain-soaked canvas. Some boxing fans thought it was a clean knockdown, but the WBC used instant replay and watched Martinez’s feet, not just his upper body, and they discovered that his feet slipped out from under him when he was bending down to avoid one of Murray’s shots.
The fight used open scoring and Martinez was ahead 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37 after four rounds. I had Martinez winning 10 of the 12 rounds. I thought Murray fought well enough to win the 6th and 8th rounds, but in the other rounds he simply wasn’t throwing enough punches. He was walking Martinez down with his gloves high, taking shots to the gloves, head and midsection and every once in a while landing a shot. I’m sorry, but that’s not enough to win the fight. It’s on Murray for not letting his hands go because he was too economical with his punches.
Murray blew it in the 11th and 12th rounds by not letting his hands go and letting Martinez tee off on him with shots.
After the fight, Martinez said “I hurt my left hand and it may be broken. No, I knew I was winning clearly. My hand was hurting since the 8th.”
Martinez was cut from a head-butt on the left side of his eye in the 6th.
In the 7th, Murray landed a beautiful forearm to Martinez’s left eye that caused the action to be stopped briefly with Murray receiving a warning.