Ruthless Martinez Shatters Barker Dream
Britain’s Darren Barker suffered an 11th round knockout at the hands of Sergio Martinez as his attempts at landing a middleweight world title felt apart in Atlantic City on Saturday night.
Barker, who had gone into the fight as a major underdog, was positive throughout, and had a number of encouraging moments before being ground down during the championship rounds.
Despite drawing blood from the nose of the champion in the fourth, there was never a point where the Briton could claim to have been ahead, and whilst his opponent was full of praise for the vanquished Barker’s strong start, the man himself will have to re-evaluate his options as he chases that elusive world title.
Martinez, who many regard as a permanent fixture in the top five of the pound for pound rankings, spent much of the build-up to the fight talking up a potential blockbuster meeting with Filipino legend, Manny Pacquiao, and may now choose to chase such a meeting for the early part of 2012.
Defeat in Atlantic City adds Barker’s name to a list of British fighters to have lost overseas world title fights in 2011- Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Matthew Macklin and David Haye all having come out on the wrong side of title fights on foreign soil.