Boxing and St. Paddy’s day go hand and hand. In this case, the irishman went down, swinging of course. Sergio Martinez was heavily favored in this bout. No surprise. Matthew Macklin was staying in there with Martinez for majority of the fight. Sometimes even beating him to the punch.
In the seventh round, Macklin did get a knockdown. Martinez’ glove touched the canvas, which technically does render a knockdown. Things started turing Sergio’s way in the eleventh round when Martinez scored two knockdowns. The referee stopped the fight quickly after this.
Sergio Martinez becomes 49-2. A fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr could be in the future. However, it could be too soon for Chavez. Matthew Macklin should look for a rematch against Felix Sturm. Many say Macklin won that fight.