Sergio Martinez wants Pacquiao or Mayweather next
By Chris Williams: WBC Emeritus middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KO’s) looked absolutely sensational in stopping previously unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KO’s) in an 8th round stoppage on Saturday night at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Martinez, 36, knocked Dzinziruk down five times in the fight, including three times in the 8th and final round.
After the fight, Martinez said his goal is to become the number #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and wants to fight Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. next. The chances of that happening are slim, especially after the way that Martinez dominated Dzinziruk. Pacquiao has already recently fought someone even bigger than Martinez with Pacquiao’s 12 round decision over 5’11” junior middleweight Antonio Margarito last November. However, Martinez has speed, power and can fight, and that probably eliminates him from any chance of fighting Pacquiao.
Margarito was painfully slow and hadn’t looked at all good in his two recent fights before the Pacquiao fight. As such, Martinez will likely never get a shot against Pacquiao, because he’s just too good. It’s a good thing for Pacquiao because Martinez is fighting on a really high level and would be huge problems for Pacquiao with his in and out attacks, and powerful jabs.
Last Saturday night, Martinez showed that he’s more than just a power puncher by out-jabbing a fighter known for having one of the best jabs in the junior middleweight division. Throughout the fight, Martinez showed that he could not only punch but he could also throw powerful jabs. From the 1st round on, Martinez kept a hard jab in Dzinziruk’s face at all times. Dzinziruk found himself getting out-jabbed and he seems confused at what to do. He tried to establish his own jab, but Martinez getting his shots off first and Dzinziruk seemed unsure what to do.
In the 4th, Martinez dropped Dzinziruk with a nice left hand. Dzinzriuk came back in the 6th and 7th rounds as Martinez seemed to fade. During those rounds, Dzinziruk threw more power shots and landed a lot of nice jabs. However, with a cut on the side of Martinez’s left eye giving him problems, he came out for the 8th with a sense of urgency, throwing hard left hands shot and knocking Dzinziruk down. Dzinziruk got back up but was put down two more times before the fight was ultimately stopped.
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