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KO of the Year: Sergio Martinez Stops Paul Williams in Two

By November 21, 2010

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The rematch between WBC middleweight champ Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams was expected to be a Fight of the Year candidate. Instead, it produced the undisputed Knockout of the Year. The first round suggested an action-packed repeat of their 2009 meeting, which many believed Martinez won but was scored in favor of Williams. However, early in round two, both men launched left hooks at the same time. Williams' hook was good ... but the left thrown by Martinez was perfect. Williams didn't see it coming and was out cold before he hit the canvas face first. The referee didn't need to finish his count as he waved off the fight at 1:10 of round two.

The win makes Martinez a clear number three on the pound-for-pound list, but what's next for the 35-year-old king of a middleweight division sorely lacking in star power? Martinez is probably too big for Manny Pacquiao ... and there's no way Floyd Mayweather Jr. would ever face someone this big and dangerous. How about Martinez-Williams III?


November 22, 2010 at 7:52 am
(1) EB says:

Good fight,it lasted for to rounds and I never expect that Paul Williams will be ko and out cold with one punch.Thats one great fight,Paul Willams will be back and have big fights and I will love to see Sergio Martinez in big fights ,I wish Mayweather fight him or Martinez go up to supermiddle weight and face Andre Ward , Arthur Abraham or Carl Froch.

November 24, 2010 at 5:41 am
(2) Kevin Baker says:

Good fight! Problem whats next for Martinez? Maybe if Shane doesn’t get Pacquiao he faces martinez?
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November 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm
(3) Dean says:

Would LOVE to see a Mosley/Martinez matchup. There’d be fireworks for sure.

November 24, 2010 at 11:20 pm
(4) Donald Wolberg says:

Sometimes it takes a while for things to be made right. Martinez really did win the first fight and it was clear from the beginning of the second match, that he figured he waited long enough. Williams at best is an awkward fighter, and at worst has a very questionable chin. This loss was a big one for Williams, and it is difficult to figure where his career will go from here. He will need to rebuild his record, and probably his confidence. Where Martinez goes is also an issue. I can’t see fighting Williams a third time will either matter or even be an attraction. Martinez is 35, old for the division. He is really too big for Pacquiao, and if Mayweather ever fights again, he certainly would not fight Martinez. The winner of that other middleweight battle going on, whether it is Froch or Abraham or even Glen Johnson would make for an interesting series of fights.

November 29, 2010 at 11:32 am
(5) Rick says:

I think a third match is a guarantee. They each won one, now its time to see who can win the best out of three. The chances of Williams getting caught with another unseen left hook like that is small. I’d like to see this trilogy happen.

December 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm
(6) Donald Wolberg says:

Rick may well be correct, but I suspect there are two reasons a third match will not happen. First, no matter what, many if not most folks believe Martinez won the first match and the second just proved the point. I don’t think that for this reason alone there will be much interest in a third match, at least not now. The second reason is that Martinez is 35 and probably wants to look for big money fights while he can and before the age clock catches up. A third William match will not attract the kind of money Martinez wants right now.

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