Sergio Martinez Squeaks by Martin Murray to Defend Middleweight Title

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

Martinez will defend his WBC title tonight on his home soil.
Martinez will defend his WBC title tonight on his home soil.Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

In a homecoming spectacle complete with fireworks, torrential downpours and a raucous crowd, Sergio Martinez narrowly defended his middleweight title defeating Martin Murray by unanimous decision in Buenos Aires.

All three judges scored the fight 115-112 for the champion who was fighting in front of over 45,000 fans in his homeland.

The fight was much closer than many expected with Murray seemingly taking over the fight in the middle rounds and dropping the champion in the eighth and again in the 10th, though this was seemingly incorrectly called a slip.

Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO) showed his trademark movement but struggled for long stretches of the fight to solve his opponent's tough defensive guard. Murray (25-1-1, 11 KO) landed at will over the second half of the fight and seemingly had a chance to win entering the final frame.

Murray however was undone by his inactivity. The fight was clearly on the table but he was not able to sustain the pressure he needed in order to convince the judges.

To his credit Martinez closed the show and sent the crowd home happy in a fight that is sure to spark some controversy and debate amongst fans and analysts.