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Martinez, Cayo rock Oxnard

Mark de Mori

By Craig Watt

There is some impressive boxing talent currently training at the World Crown Sports training facility in Oxnard, California under the guidance of Adam Flores. WBC 154 pound champion Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KO’s) from Argentina and unbeaten 140 pounder Victor Cayo (24-0, 16 KO’s) are sharing the pads and sparring in preparation for their biggest fights of their careers in the next few weeks.

First up the exciting 25 year old Victor Cayo from the Dominican Republic takes on Marcos Maidana for the WBA interim 140 pound title at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on March 27th in what is predicted to be an exciting clash of exciting rising contenders. Then the 35 year old WBC light-middleweight champion Sergio Martinez steps up to middleweight on April 17th and challenges WBC and WBO champion Kelly Pavlik at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.

Speaking from their camp in Oxnard, CA both fighters are confident that they are in great shape for the biggest fights of their careers.

Adam Flores who is managing the camp stated, “These two fighters are some of the most dedicated and skilful boxers in world boxing today and we are confident both will win these big upcoming fights. You saw in Sergio’s fight with Paul Williams what he is capable of and how he can mix it with the best in world boxing. No one wanted to fight Williams and Sergio delivered one of his best performances and one of the best fights of 2009. Segio is without doubt the best 154 pounder in current world boxing and the fight against Kelly Pavlik is a natural progression for him. Although Pavlik is the champion at the higher weight we have a game plan for Sergio to become a two weight world champion.”

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WBC 154 pound champion Martinez added, “The camp here is very exciting and it helps that both me and Victor have such big opportunities ahead of us. We are training hard three times a day and pushing each other. I know I have the speed and boxing ability to cause an upset over Pavlik in April. After being at the top of the tree at 154 pounds for many years I am keen to try and become a world champion at two weights. The Williams fight gave me great confidence and there were some strange scores for the fight but I know I have the capability to step up and beat Pavlik – watch out for me on April 17th in Atlantic City.”

The impressive Cayo from Santo Domingo is currently ranked WBA#2 and IBF#10 at Jr-welterweight and has impressed in his last two fights when he outpointed former IBF 135 pound champion Julio Diaz and then stopped unbeaten Julio Reyes in three rounds in December.

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He confirmed training was going well, “ We are having a great camp and some great pad word, sparring and conditioning work. Working with such a great fighter as Sergio who is WBC champion gives me an indication of where I need to be to be a world class fighter. Maidana is an impressive fighter and I am not taking him lightly. I will be ready for this major opportunity to win the WBA interim title in a couple of weeks. I will keep training, keeping listening and keep working hard. Our camp is superb and I am sure we will both be victorious in our next fights.”

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