Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Barker earns shot at the big time

British middle-weight Darren Barker has reportedly agreed a massive world-title shot against Argentinean superstar Sergio Martinez. Barker reclaimed his European title earlier his year with an impressive points victory against Domenico Spada, which now seems to have earned him a shot at Martinez' WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine titles. Barker's promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that terms have been agreed between the two camps and it's just a matter of signing the contracts. Most boxing fans will be looking at the Haye odds right now, but it seems like there will be another British fighter gunning for a world title soon enough.

A clearly delighted Barker revealed the news of the potential bout on his Twitter account.

"It's show time baby! Looks like the fight I've been after has been agreed! Don't doubt me, follow and support me," he said.

Barker will need to be at the top of his game when he takes on the second ranked pound-for-pound fighter in world boxing. The London-born fighter will face a definite step up in quality but Barker has earned his shot at the big-time after a tough and gruelling career. Martinez has just two losses in his stellar 51 fight career, against quality boxers Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams.

A stunning second-round knock-out against Williams reclaimed his honour and the Argentinean followed that up with a stoppage against Serhiy Dzinziruk in his last bout. Barker will be a heavy under-dog when the two meet but the 29-year-old has shown he has the spirit to reach the top and would be a worthy world champion.

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