BOB ARUM, OSCAR DE LA HOYA PICK ON KHAN-PETERSON
“I think that it’s going to be a very close fight,” said Arum, “and I think that Amir Khan will win by a split-decision.”
De La Hoya, meanwhile, predicts a knockout.
“I think that Lamont Peterson is no pushover,” said De La Hoya. “But I believe that Amir Khan has the possibilities of maybe even stopping him in the later rounds. But, who am I to predict?”
MATHEW MACKLIN EYES SERGIO MARTINEZ ON MARCH 17 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
RING No. 3-rated middleweight Mathew Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) told RingTV.com on Friday that he expects to sign soon for a bout opposite Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs), THE RING’s middleweight champion and No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter.
“Hopefully it’s the Martinez fight in March. I’m expecting that it will get signed and announced this week,” said Macklin. “I think that it’s going to happen in New York at Madison Square Garden on March 17.”
Martinez is coming off an 11th-round knockout of London’s Darren Barker (23-1, 14 KOs) in October, during which he was tagged several times by the wily fighter.
“Martinez certainly showed some vulnerabilities and he certainly showed that he was hittable. He looked tired. But having said that, he had probably been looking past Barker, and I think that Martinez is certainly better than that,” said Macklin.
“He still found a way to win, even though he didn’t seem to perform to the best of his abilties. But, you know, on that performance, I think that I would have stopped him. If he came in like that against me, he certainly would not have heard the final bell. I don’t think that he will turn up like that against me. I expect a better Martinez, but I still think that I will beat him.”
In his last fight in June, Macklin lost a controversial split-decision to RING No. 2-rated middleweight and WBA beltholder Felix Sturm (36-2-2, 15 KOs), of Germany.
“I was just winning rounds and winning rounds. I remember it was the eighth or ninth round, coming back to my corner saying to myself, ‘When is he going to do something?’ I was just waiting and waiting,” said Macklin.
“When they announced that it was a split-decision, I was like, ‘what?’ I was like, ‘don’t tell me that I’m getting stitched up and robbed here, you know what I mean? I figured the worst could happen in Germany, and I was right.”
Sturm recently held on to his crown, yet again, with a split-draw against RING No. 10-rated middleweight Martin Murray (23-0, 10 KOs) on Dec. 2.
“Germany is notorius for bad decisions,” said Macklin, “Especially with Felix Sturm, who is a big star there who is generating a lot of money. That was a Felix Sturm promotion.”
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