January 21st, 2011 By Kevin Perry

Sergio Martinez

World middleweight champ Sergio Martinez


Hollywood, CA- In what was a truly disgusting move to me, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has named linear and undisputed middleweight (160 lbs) king Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) the “Emeritus champion” of their sanctioning mob. Get ready to puke, interim champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) has been anointed the title of “Super champion”. When you consider that Martinez has only held the WBC belt for less than a year and hasn’t had a reasonable amount of time to make the mandatory defense against the unworthy interim guy, see this as yet another attempt by the WBC to generate more money for the struggling group.


The only thing worse than the WBC’s antics that put further scar the image of the sport of boxing, is the “trendsetting” World Boxing Association (WBA). Currently they have three world champions at middleweight. Their Super champion is Germany’s Felix Sturm (34-2-1, 14 KOs), regular champion is power puncher and 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) of Kazakstan, and interim champion is Hassan N’ Dam N’Jakim (25-0, 17 KOs) from Cameroon.


When you consider all three have fought within the last six months the whole idea of champion should just be overlooked here. The only real champion at middleweight is Martinez who beat the man who, beat the man, thus Sergio is the man. However there are some talented challengers for the crown, and giving guys trinkets when they haven’t truly earned it gives them a sense of security and lets them continue to fight unworthy challengers and rack up meaningless title defenses. Also when you consider that sanctioning “mobs” won’t rank fighters who hold belts from other organizations keeps the best fighters from having to face one another.


Can you imagine a middleweight tournament involving Golovkin, WBO champion Dimitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) (who recently starched highly regarded American prospect Daniel Jacobs (21-1, 18 KOs), Martinez and Sturm? I think HBO needs to rethink things here. If there’s no solid American talent in the middleweight division so what? I believe there’s enough money to make a four man tournament here and I think the styles of the four combatants make for compelling and dramatic fights that fans would be interested in seeing. As Manny Pacquiao has proven, American fans will watch a fighter from any country as long as they bring excitement. This notion that you need an American as a headliner to generate interest is overrated. The number of fans who support American fighters at the gate has diminished in recent years which should be a sign that HBO needs to pay more attention to foreign fighters who can draw at the gate.


Another exciting middleweight of note is Canadian David Lemiuex (25-0, 24 KOs), a devastating puncher who also is creating a fan following. Hopefully he makes an HBO After Dark broadcast in the next 12 months against a credible opponent.


Instead of the aforementioned fights above, HBO is showcasing Martinez on March 12th against another southpaw in jab specialist and WBO junior middleweight (154) king Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs). Looks compelling on paper, but the Urkanian while effective isn’t known for being the most exciting fighter and was not too popular EVEN in his adopted home of Germany, thus has made his way to the states. While Martinez’s people are just looking now to extend his run as far and as profitable they can. Sort of like stalling in a basketball game. HBO is dropping the coins, they should call the shots, not allow almost all “exhibition” bouts in order to try and make each fight on the network as compelling as possible.


It’s rare that you get a good fight between two southpaws, and seeing the reluctance of HBO to show their subscribers and the current middleweight king the proper respect (had him announced first when he was the champion in his last fight against Paul Williams) this was to be expected. Hopefully this bout equates to more than a chess match. The reluctance of Sturm to fight the best and because of a void of any offers from HBO to pit him against Martinez, Sterm (big ticket seller in Germany) will next defend his title against unworthy challenger Ronald Hearns (26-1, 20 KOs). Hearns’ obvious claim to fame isn’t from any accomplishments of his own but those of his famous father Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns.

Kevin “KP” Perry


  1. When you add all the alphabet soup Super,emeritus,regular,interim,diamond belt,silver belt etc. trinkets,and multiply them by all divisions,you can see why the word “WORLD champion”, has been,sadly, devalued.I can remember when loud complaints where made about 15(WBA,WBC) title claimants,in 11 divisions,in the mid 70’s!

    dannyb54 on January 21st, 2011 at 5:10 PM
  2. Maybe he should hit Europe. The Europeans would love him, there are many challengers from ther and he could make money. Also he lived in Spain if I was him I’d hit Europe up. And when HBO decided to treat me with respect I’d come back. Shit Pedro HBO treats Ortiz and Berto better than Martinez?WTF name me one person in boxing the last 24 months that has been facing better comp and winning,exciting fights. Another great thing about Martinez he is a real man he doesn’t bitch. Like when they jobber him against bitchtron and when he didn’t get the nod against Williams in the first scrap.

    Roberto rios on January 21st, 2011 at 5:26 PM
  3. Pedro,

    From 154 to 160 Sergei might be the most dangerous guy out there for Martinez. True he isnt a big money maker, but Sergei is the goods, a more dangerous foe than Miguel Cotto in my opinion, and Arum wont let Cotto anywhere near the argentinean.

    Zian on January 21st, 2011 at 6:59 PM
  4. Sergei / Martinez looks good on paper..I agree sylistically, it might not be pleasing to watch for most, but nevertheless, still a great matchup on paper..I still think that promotors on EVERY show should always consider putting on a fight at least on the under card which pits two styles that match up that would make for an all out action affair.

    1200 Techs on January 24th, 2011 at 3:55 PM

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