Posted October 02, 2011 on AP on Fox
Argentina's Sergio Martinez retained the WBC Diamond middleweight title, stopping Englishman Darren Barker in the 11th round Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall. Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) landed a straight right that put Barker (23-1, 14 KOs) on the canvas. Barker tried to get up after a few seconds, but was still on the ground when referee Eddie Cotton completed his 10-count at 1:29 of the round. ''I can't remember the punch,'' Barker said. ''My legs just fell out from under me. I was trying to get up, but couldn't I didn't feel he was a massive puncher before that.'' Barker had some success early in the fight, landing some jabs and a few straight rights that broke Martinez's nose in the fourth round. But from the fifth round on, Martinez dominated the fight behind three- and four-punch flurries that left Barker covering up for most of the bout. Through 10 rounds, judges Lynn Carter (96-94), Victor Loughlin (97-94) and Alejandro Roche (99-91) all had Martinez ahead. ''I knew it would be this kind of fight,'' Martinez said through an interpreter. ''I planned for this. I always get a second wind. We train for that. It's part of our game plan going in. We knew we would get stronger as the fight went on. I just kept throwing right hands because I knew sooner or later they would start landing.'' Martinez, who lives in Oxnard, Calif., is widely considered one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in boxing along with welterweights Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Martinez has been campaigning for a fight against Pacquiao or Mayweather at a catch-weight of around 150 pounds, but neither fighter appears willing to move up that far in weight. ''I'll fight anybody,'' Martinez said, ''as long as I can come to a good deal and so can my rival.''

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