Ariza disappointed in Sergio Martinez’s performance against Macklin
By Dan Ambrose: Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning coach for WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao, reportedly wasn’t at all impressed with former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez’s 11th round TKO win over contender Matthew Macklin last Saturday night in New York. Ariza felt Martinez should have done a lot better than that against a fighter like Macklin, according to fighthype.com.
Ariza told Fighthype.com “I was expecting him to blow this guy [Macklin] out…I know who Macklin is…[if] expect yourself to be pound-for-pound, you better do something better than that.”
I guess Ariza was expecting Martinez to jump on the younger Macklin from the 1st round and just obliterate him in the first couple of rounds. However, that’s not been Martinez’s style ever in his career. He’s never been that kind of fighter. Macklin’s main focus for most of his career was to hit and not get hit in return. He’s got the Roy Jones Jr. style of fighting and doesn’t try and bulldoze his opponents like Ariza’s other fighter he coaches Manny Pacquiao. Martinez has become a puncher late in his career, but he still has the main focus on trying to outbox his opponents and take them out second.
You can’t blame Martinez for not wanting to get hit, because who wants to get marked up and take risks. It’s also more difficult for the 37-year-old Martinez because he’s fighting out of his natural weight class of 154. Martinez only moved up in weight to the middleweight division in 2010 when he took on WBC/WBO middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik because there weren’t any good fights at junior middleweight. At 154, Martinez is fighting bigger guys and he doesn’t feel comfortable trading shots with those type of fighters.
Martinez took his time with beating Macklin, boxing him from the outside until getting dropped by him in the 7th round. After the knockdown, Martinez went all out and turned slugger on Macklin and punished him with heavy shots until stopping him at the end of the 11th after knocking him down twice.
Martinez would like to fight Pacquiao but he’s not had any luck in getting a fight against him.