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Weights: Martinez-Williams, Erdei-Onyango, Thompson-Marinaccio

By Jim Dower: At Friday’s weigh-win for tomorrow night’s exciting clash between World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Martinez weighed in at 157.25. Martinez looked a little drawn compared to his last fight against Kelly Pavlik in April.

Williams came in at a solid 156, and looked fit and ready to fight. This is a rematch of their previous fight which took place in December of last year. Williams won by a 12 round majority decision.

With few other interesting opponents for either of them to fight, they’ve decided to go at it one more time to prove who the better man is. It was hoped that the winner of this fight would get a shot against Manny Pacquiao, but Bob Arum, the promoter for Pacquiao, said that he won’t be matching his Filipino star up against any more bigger fighters.

Martinez defeated WBC/WBO middleweight champion Pavlik by a 12 round decision in April and gave him a real beating in the process. Martinez was looking at trying to get a big money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Pacquiao, but neither of them have been interested in taking him on. It’s not surprising because Martinez is tough, fast and has a habit of making his opponents look bad. Stationary he is not. He moves very well and is good at hitting on the run.

Other fights on Saturday’s card:

Zsolt Erdei 175 – Samson Onyango 173.5
Tony Thompson 250.5 – Paul Marinaccio 228
Fernando Guerrero 159 – Saul Duran 161.5
Steve Upsher Chambers 143.5 – Bayan Jargal 142.5
Luis Del Valle 127.5 vs Noe Lopez Jr 127
Willie Nelson 149.5 – Quinton Whitaker 149.5

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