Boxing weekend prediction: Martinez to beat Barker

We highlight the fights to watch this weekend and bring you our prediction for Sergio Martinez v Darren Barker

By Mike Pope
Sergio Martinez
Sergio Martinez takes on Darren Barker in New Jersey on Saturday Photo: SportsAngle.com

Sergio Martinez

We list the fights to watch this weekend and predict the outcome of the middleweight clash between world No1 Sergio Martinez and undefeated British challenger Darren Barker.

Friday 30 September, 2011

Liam Walsh v Paul Appleby
London, England
12 rounds super featherweight for Walsh’s Commonwealth title

Ajose Olusegun v Ali Chebah
California, USA
12 rounds light welterweight

Saturday 1 October, 2011

Steve Cunningham v Yoan Hernandez
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
12 rounds cruiserweight for Cunningham’s IBF title

Sebastian Sylvester v Grzegorz Proksa
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
12 rounds middleweight for vacant European title

Karo Murat v Gabriel Campillo
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
12 rounds light-heavyweight

Juan Manuel Lopez v Mike Oliver
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
12 rounds featherweight

Roman Martinez v Daniel Attah
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
12 rounds super featherweight

Gavin Rees v Derry Matthews
Newport, Wales
12 rounds lightweight for Rees’ European title

Sergio Martinez v Darren Barker
New Jersey, USA
12 rounds middleweight

Andy Lee v Brian Vera
New Jersey, USA
10 rounds middleweight

Roman Gonzalez v Omar Soto
Nevada, USA
12 rounds light flyweight for Gonzalez’ WBA title

Toshiaki Nishioka v Rafael Marquez
Nevada, USA
12 rounds super bantamweight for Nishioka’s WBC title

Prediction

Martinez to beat Barker by late knockout

Barker will use his superior height and reach to keep the bout competitive in the early rounds, avoiding most of Martinez’s most dangerous punches by using his jab and decent foot work. However, as the fight progresses Martinez will begin to dictate the tempo with his own athletic ability, subtle jab and damaging left hand. Barker will be forced to become more offensive in a bid to keep the Argentine at bay, leaving him open to Martinez’s left hand. As the fight enters the later rounds Martinez will increasingly land at will as his relatively inexperienced opponent tires, forcing the referee to step in and bring the fight to an end.

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