Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez knocks out a surprisingly game and sturdy opponent this past weekend the tough undefeated Brit Darren Barker.
Barker was noticeably much bigger than Martinez, and the first 8 rounds looked like he would go the distance. He did not punch much, but just kept a high tight guard and walked forward and I suppose was trying to see if Sergio would punch himself out.
reinde me of the Pac-man Clotley fight.
but in the 10th, Sergio brough his guard down a little with body shots, and then hurt him with a left hook, which hurt him, but he made it through the round.
Sergio came out in the 11th and hit him with a right hook so hard, that even though most of the shot was caught on the gloves of Barker (he had his guard up) it knocked him cold.
afterwords, Barker said he did not remember the punch at all.
There was a nice segment on Martinez before the fight about how he befriended a little girl who had to quit school because of extreme bullying, and how he was bullied too as a youngster.
apparently he donates and supports an anti-bullying organization called "It gets Better"
and he has visited the girl a few times and trained with her (she has taken up boxing"
sweet guy outside the ring, and a monster inside it.