Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
Pablo Sarmiento, one of the trainers for two-weight world champion Sergio Martinez, has reiterated their shared desire to fight the winner of the fiery winter match-up between super welterweight pair Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. Martinez, though, is hoping for Margarito so that he has the opportunity to avenge his only knockout defeat to date.
“We would be interested in that fight,” Pablo Sarmiento said to Boxing Scene regarding Cotto’s defence of his WBA super welterweight world championship against Margarito (38-7-0, 27ko) on December 3 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Martinez (47-2-2, 26ko) is achieving global boxing stardom the hard way… originally fighting out of Buenos Aires, the slick Argentine struggled to stamp his authority worldwide at the beginning of the decade and was limited to national success having picked up the FAB welterweight belt in his 24th professional outing.
He then set-up his training camp in Spain, fought for one year in Britain, returned to Spain before embarking on a journey to the US and finally making himself known to a plethora of fight fans with wins over Saul Roman and Alex Bunema in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
It was while Martinez was at the domestic-level, in 2000, when he accepted an offer to box Margarito at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, on the undercard of Erik Morales’ split decision triumph over Marco Antonio Barrera. Martinez dropped a teekayo to Margarito (see video below) – the only time he has been stopped, as his only other defeat was a contentious points loss to Paul Williams in 2009; a defeat he emphatically avenged the next year when he took just two rounds to annihilate Williams.
“We would want the winner, but [defeat to Margarito] is like a thorn in the side for Sergio and it would be a great fight if [Margarito is] able to beat Cotto,” added Sarmiento.
Martinez has his own upcoming test to navigate his way through first as he takes on Britain’s undefeated EBU middleweight champion – Darren Barker (23-0-0, 14ko) at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City on October 15.
(Videos embedded above credit – Youtube, DesolationJones1)