Sergio Martinez faces Martin Murray on 4/27 in stay busy fight

By Boxing News - 12/04/2012 - Comments

Image: Sergio Martinez faces Martin Murray on 4/27 in stay busy fightBy Scott Gilfoid: Well it’s now a done deal. WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) will be making his first defense of his title on April 27th against unbeaten British contender Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The venue of the fight has yet to be determined.

While the 30-year-old Murray is ranked high at #1 WBO, #3 WBA, #3 WBC, he’s not going to be able to beat a talent like Martinez, that’s a given. We saw how Murray’s level was exposed in his 12 round draw against former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm last year in December. Murray fought well enough to get a draw against a past his best Sturm, but let’s not kid ourselves. Had that been Martinez in there with Sturm instead of Murray, Sturm would have been knocked out cold. Martinez would have won convincingly whether by decision or knockout.

The major problem that Murray has is he doesn’t hit hard enough. Yes, he can knockout the likes of the inexperienced little known Jose Navarro or a John Anderson Carvalho, but against quality opposition Murray doesn’t have the world class power to get the job done.

Martinez just wants a fairly easy fight against an opponent he can look good against in front of his fans from his native Argentina. Murray fits the bill perfectly with his unbeaten record, albeit against mostly little known opposition from the 2nd tier. HBO has blessed this fight, so this is what’s going to happen next for Martinez.

It’s just a stay busy fight for him while he waits on former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to finish serving out his suspension for testing positive for marijuana. It also gives Martinez a chance to test out his surgically repaired right knee that he recently had surgery on to repair the damage he suffered when he was injured in the 12th round against Chavez Jr.

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