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Martinez expects an early stoppage of Cotto

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

It is no secret that middleweight champ Sergio Martinez has felt annoyed by Miguel Cotto leading up their June 7 bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Before the fight was signed, Martinez had to give up some concessions in order to secure the bout, which included Cotto asking to be on the left side of the poster, the 159-pound catchweight, and calling the fight Cotto-Martinez instead of Martinez-Cotto.

Certainly for being the defending champion and a star in his own right, this has been a tough pill to swallow, but Martinez has wanted this fight bad enough, that he has been willing to make a few sacrifices in order to secure the bout he’s been looking for.

“I don’t consider it a lack or respect, just absurd requests and absurd demands.  I have put that in the past and I am totally focused on wrapping up training and fighting on June 7,” said Martinez during a conference call this week.

“When I win I will get the universal respect.  This is a very, very important fight – one of  the biggest of my career.  I do feel that I have earned respect form the boxing community but it will be universal after June 7.”

Cotto_Martinez_PR pc_140310_003aMartinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) has been out of action since April 2013, when he outpointed Martin Murray in a more difficult than expected bout in Argentina, where “Maravilla” re-injured his knees. However, Martinez underwent surgery and claims they won’t be an issue come fight night.

“The recuperation was very painful.  I was on crutches for nine months and it is very hard to come back from that, but this is the road that I chose and I enjoy the achievement of coming back from something like this.  Everything is going to be fine come fight time,” said Martinez. “Right now, I am just the same as when there were no knee problems.  I have overcome all obstacles.”

Having begun training camp in Spain, Martinez has now made his way to Florida, where he will finish off his camp before heading out to New  York City. Martinez says he chose Miami as it was close to both New York and Madrid, where his doctor travels in from.  Though he considered training in California, he ultimately settled in Florida, as to not have to travel across the country before the fight.

Asked about his power, Martinez said he’s proven time and time again that he has KO power, and he plans to end things early against Cotto.

“I’m sure that I will win the fight by knockout because I’m training in a very hard and intense way and with such motivation that everyday I’m hitting harder, throwing more punches. Whatever Cotto will do in the ring, doesn’t matter to me, I don’t care. What is important is for me to be the day of the fight in the same state that I’m working right now,” said Martinez.

“The way training camp has been going, and the way I feel physically, it is going to be an early stoppage,” proclaimed Martinez.  “I knocked out Dzinziruk and I showed power.  I knocked out Paul Williams and I showed power.”

Whether or not he can stop Cotto, which to date, only Manny Pacquiao has accomplished, there’s no denying that Martinez has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, and it’s one he plans on using to his advantage.

“I am always 100% confident by of winning by knockout in every fight but I haven’t felt like this since the Paul Williams rematch,” said Martinez. “It is basically going to be the same Sergio Martínez you have always seen with a strong desire and the will to win.  The only think that will be different will be the strategy I will use – I don’t always use the same strategy on different opponents.  The only difference will be the strategy that I will use in this particular fight.”

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