Most people are familiar with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the consensus two best fighters in boxing, regardless of weight. The man generally considered to be the third best in the world, Sergio Martinez, is not exactly a household name. He's probably not even the most popular fighter in his own division, middleweight. That honor would likely go to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, son and namesake of the Mexican legend. But there's no question that at this moment, Martinez is the dominant force at 160 lbs, with very few rivals even willing to challenge him.
On Saturday, October 1, a little-known fighter from the U.K. is stepping forward to do exactly that. Darren Barker, 23-0 and the reigning European middleweight champion, makes his U.S. debut at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City when he tries to topple the dangerous Martinez.