Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto have had their war of words but both saved their energy for the ring during the final press conference for their Saturday showdown at Madison Square Garden. Their team members, however, continued the verbal jousting.
Omar Narvaez performed a methodical demolition of Mexico’s Antonio “Tostado” Garcia, a 20-year-old contender who gave a decent account of himself during the first stretch of the bout, only to be sent down by a body shot in the fifth round.
RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez describes the harrowing surgeries and training changes he has gone through to get himself ready for the June 7 matchup with Miguel Cotto.
Fighters from Argentina have been responsible for some of the most dramatic knockdowns in boxing history, and many believe Marcos Maidana has the potential to join that list against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Veteran flyweight standout Juan Carlos Reveco scored an impressive second-round KO against Manuel Vides, and cruiserweight contender Victor Emilio Ramirez scored a TKO in Round 4 against Glendy Hernandez, in their native Argentina on Friday.
Lucas Matthysse’s team announced the hiring of former three-time junior welterweight titleholder Juan Martin Coggi as “alternate coach” and strategist in Matthysse’s corner, starting with the 140-pound contender’s first fight of 2014.
Diego Chaves, who faces fellow unbeaten welterweight standout Keith Thurman on Saturday on Showtime, is unknown to U.S. fans. However, Chaves was an amateur star in Argentina and one boxing writer familiar with his career says the boxing prodigy from a fighting family is “the most promising fighter in the country.”