Sergio Martinez put in another marvelous performance last night, defeating a very able Darren Barker. There was plenty of contact, and although Martinez was in control for the most part, "Dazzling" Darren never quit, scored well and frequently, and put on a valiant display en route to an 11th Round knockout defeat. So what comes next for the contestants, and "Maravilla" in particular?
Barker Got Noticed
Credit: Ed Diller / DBE
Even though Barker ended the night on the canvas, his stock went up dramatically in defeat. The Briton was unranked going into the fight, and was rated as an underdog on the betting circuit, in some cases a 14 to 1 underdog. As I've been saying since the day betting opened on Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson I, a man has to be in a wheelchair to justify 14 to 1 odds, so suffice it to say only a handful of fans outside of the UK know anything about Barker.
That changed last night, and with his active, crowd-pleasing style, I&...