Earlier today, WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (52-2-2 28 KO's) and WBA interim champion Martin Murray (25-0-1 11 KO's) were the center of attention for the final conference call before leading into their fight Saturday night. The Championship bout will take place at the country's famed 50,000-seat Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. It marks HBO Boxing's first-ever telecast from South America.
"Everything is going well with me and my preparations right now, better than ever. My team and I are extremely confident going into this fight, and the expectations are very high, and because of that I know that this is going to be a great event and a great night for my countrymen on Saturday night." Martinez, who is coming off a victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in which he was almost KO'ed at the end of the fight, went on to say that he planned on knocking out Murray.
"I have respect for Martin, but there is no doubt in my mind that this fight is going to end by knockout. My training for this fight has been the best I have ever had and my confidence is at the absolute highest level, and for that reason I guarantee this fight will end with a knockout on Saturday night."
Murray didn't seem afraid or intimidated by being in the ring with Martinez in front of his hometown crowd. "I didn't come here to lose. Whatever Sergio brings on Saturday night, I will be ready for it."
Hall of Fame fighter Ricky Hatton, who promotes Martin Murray, claims that Sergio Martinez's reign has come to an end. "Like any great fighter, everyone's reign comes to an end sometimes and I believe that Sergio's reign will come to an end Saturday night."
Lou Dibella, who can be given credit for putting the entire fight together, expects a excellent fight on Saturday night. "The fight on Saturday night is not going to be an easy fight. Murray is one of the toughest guys in the middleweight division and he is a very, very good fighter and for that reason Sergio wanted this fight, because Murray presents a real and meaningful challenge."
"Sergio is hands down the greatest fighter I have ever promoted. Not only is he a great boxing talent, but he is a great human being. He has waited for this opportunity, to fight again in Argentina for many, many years. I am excited to see all of those fans on Saturday night who are coming out to supporting their hometown hero and a future hall of famer."