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 ...
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