ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Sergio Martinez did himself a world of good on Saturday, knocking out nemesis Paul Williams with one crushing left hook in the second round before a shocked crowd of 5,502 fans at Boardwalk Hall and an HBO audience to retain the World Boxing Council middleweight championship.
The punishing punch clearly established Martinez as the world's finest 160-pounder, and no worse than the third-best fighter regardless of weight.
But Martinez's dominant performance almost certainly erased any chance of the only two men above him in the pound-for-pound rankings from ever seriously considering a bout with him.
If Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were unlikely to fight Martinez before Saturday's demolition of the lanky Williams, the crushing knockout in the center of the ring that sent Williams face-first to the canvas sealed the deal.
"I was waiting for a mistake and I was surprised when it happened so soon," Martinez said after his 25th knockout improved his record toRead More »from Martinez's dominance could cost him