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Sergio Martinez believes Gennady Golovkin is ripe for the taking?

Lee Cleveland Updated
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A forgotten star of sorts due to injuries the last two years, WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO) insists Gennady Golovkin (38-4, 31KO) is on his radar. Back in training to prepare for his presumably soon-to-be-announced showdown with Miguel Cotto in June, Martinez offered some rather candid dialogue about what may lie in store for him in 2014.

"When I beat Cotto by knockout, I can just concentrate on what might be a possible fight with Golovkin, said Martinez."

"He [Golovkin] is the most difficult opponent."

"He's not the most difficult because of his technique, but for his physical strength."

"Golovkin is strong, physically fit and he can take a punch"

"This is the time to fight him, because in a few years he will have more experience and he will be more dangerous," Martinez, who turns 39 later this month, told Mundo.

Golovkin, the WBA Middleweight belt-holder, will turn 32 in April.

Is it possible he hasn't peaked yet?

Although sometimes hailed as the world's No. 1 middleweight, Golovkin is, at least for now, a mere belt-holder.

Unlike his middleweight peers, Golovkin, Felix Sturm and Peter Quillin, the current WBC Middleweight Champion is also the reigning RING Magazine (or lineal) Middleweight Champion of the World.

It's Martinez, not Quillin, Sturm or Golovkin, who owns the direct lineage to titlists who competed at a time when there was only one champion.

Will the soon-to-be 39 year old, injury-plaugued Martinez summon enough moxie to defeat the dangerous Golovkin in a possible late 2014/early 2015 showdown?

Stylistcally, Sergio Martinez may be just what the doctor ordered to topple the Kazakhstan Express.


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