Williams Wins Majority Decision Over Martinez In Fight Of The
Year Candidate, Both Down In First
Must Be Fired For Scoring Only One Round For Sergio
By Bret "The Threat"
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Paul Williams (now 38-1, 27 KO's) fought in 12
amazing rounds and won a majority decision against Sergio
Martinez in fight that was almost too close to call and a draw
may have been the best outcome. Both traded knockdowns in the
opening round and both fought hard the entire 12 rounds.
In round 1, Williams came right out to pressure Martinez. A left
hook high on the head sent Martinez down midway into the round.
Martinez seemed unphased by it. At the end of the round, a huge
left hand on the chin sent Williams staggered then down into the
ropes. Williams was much more hurt.
In round 2, Martinez started teeing off on Williams, making this
look like an easy fight. Williams' head was being snapped all
over the place.
In round 3, Martinez again putting on a great performance and
Williams seemed to neglect his height and reach.
In round 4, the tide began to turn as Martinez started to tire and the
constant pressure by Williams was catching up with him. The two
started to trade and the fight was a war. Sergio was staggered
at the end of the round.
In round 5, the two again traded in the center of the ring, with
Williams starting to find his rhythm.
Williams appeared to take rounds 6 and 7 as the fight
began turning in his favor.
In round 8, Sergio came back and started landing right hands to
the head this time.
In round 9, Williams evened the score.
In round 10, Martinez came right back.
In round 11, Martinez again appeared to be landing more
clean shots, right through the guard of Williams.
In round 12, the round that seemingly would be the deciding
factor of the fight, Williams was all over the tired Martinez
who could barely stand on his own two feet. The two traded and
ended an instant classic fight.
Final scores were 114-114, 115-113, then an absolutely
Pound4Pound scored the fight 115-114 for Williams, but we
scored the first round even 10-10. If we give that round to
Martinez, we end up with 114-114 which is how the fight
rightfully should have been scored, however there were no
losers in this truly great fight.
Martinez falls to 44-2-2, 24 KO's.