History of the World Middleweight Championship


During the history of the division's lineal championship, there have been occasions when the reigning champ has moved up in weight or retired, thus ending that particular strand of the lineage. In such instances a new lineage must be established, which is basically filling a vacancy. For background information on this, please click here.




1884
Jul 30 - Jack Dempsey  KO 22  George Fulljames (New York City, New York, USA)

1885
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1886
Feb 3 - Jack Dempsey  KO 27  Jack Fogarty (New York City, New York, USA)

Mar 14 - Jack Dempsey  KO 13  George LaBlanche (Larchmont, New York, USA)

1887
Dempsey was the first world middleweight champion

Dec 13 - Jack Dempsey  KO 45  Johnny Reagan (New York City, New York, USA)

1888
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1889
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1890
Feb 18 - Jack Dempsey  KO 28  Billy McCarthy (San Francisco, California, USA)

1891
Jan 14 - Bob Fitzsimmons  KO 13  Jack Dempsey (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

1892
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1893
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1894
Sep 26 - Bob Fitzsimmons  KO 2  Dan Creedon (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

1895
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1896
* Although Fitzsimmons did not officially vacate the world championship it became
   universally accepted as being vacant (Prior to the bout between leading contenders Kid    
   McCoy and Tommy Ryan he gave no indication that he planned to defend it again and
   focused on campaigning at heavyweight)

Mar 2 - Kid McCoy  KO 15  Tommy Ryan (New York City, New York, USA)

1897
Dec 17 - Kid McCoy  KO 15  Dan Creedon (New York City, New York, USA)

Dec - McCoy vacates the world championship to campaign at heavyweight

1898
Feb 25 - Tommy Ryan  KO 18  George Green (San Francisco, California, USA)

Jun 13 - Tommy Ryan  KO 14  Tommy West (New York City, New York, USA)

Dec 23 - Tommy Ryan  KO 14  Dick O’Brien (Hartford, Connecticut, USA)

1899
Ryan was a talented champion

Sep 18 - Tommy Ryan  KO 10  Frank Craig (New York City, New York, USA)

1900
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1901
Mar 4 - Tommy Ryan  KO 17  Tommy West (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

1902
Jun 24 - Tommy Ryan  KO 3  Johnny Gorman (London, England)

Sep 15 - Tommy Ryan  KO 6  Kid Carter (Fort Erie, Canada)

1903
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1904
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1905
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1906
Dec - Ryan vacates the world championship and retires

1907
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1908
Feb 22 - Stanley Ketchel  KO 1  Mike Sullivan (Colma, California, USA)

May 9 - Stanley Ketchel  KO 20  Jack Sullivan (Colma, California, USA)

Jun 4 - Stanley Ketchel  PTS 10  Billy Papke (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)

Jul 31 - Stanley Ketchel  KO 3  Hugo Kelly (San Francisco, California, USA)

Aug 18 - Stanley Ketchel  KO 2  Joe Thomas (San Francisco, California, USA)

Sep 7 - Billy Papke  KO 12  Stanley Ketchel (Vernon, California, USA)

Ketchel was awesome when he regained the championship from Papke

Nov 26 - Stanley Ketchel  KO 11  Billy Papke (Colma, California,USA)

1909
Jun 15 - Stanley Ketchel  KO 4  Tony Caponi (Schenectady, New York, USA)

Jul 5 - Stanley Ketchel  PTS 20  Billy Papke (Colma, California, USA)

1910
May 27 - Stanley Ketchel  KO 2  Willie Lewis (New York City, New York, USA)

Jun 10 - Stanley Ketchel  KO 5  Jim Smith (New York City, New York, USA)

Oct - The world championship becomes vacant when Ketchel is tragically murdered

1911
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1912
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1913

Klaus filled the vacancy

Mar 5 - Frank Klaus  DIS 15  Billy Papke (Paris, France)

Oct 11 - George Chip  KO 6  Frank Klaus (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

Chip was from Scranton in Pennsylvania

Dec 23 - George Chip  KO 5  Frank Klaus (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

1914
McCoy was regarded as a soft puncher but still managed to knock out Chip

Apr 7 - Al McCoy  KO 1  George Chip (New York City, New York, USA)

1915
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1916
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1917
Nov 14 - Mike O’Dowd  KO 6  Al McCoy (New York City, New York, USA)

1918
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1919
O’Dowd was known as the “St Paul Cyclone”

Jul 17 - Mike O’Dowd  KO 3  Al McCoy (St Paul, Minnesota, USA)

1920
May 6 - Johnny Wilson  PTS 12  Mike O’Dowd (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

1921
Mar 17 - Johnny Wilson  PTS 15  Mike O’Dowd (New York City, New York, USA)

Jul 27 - Johnny Wilson  DIS 7  Bryan Downey (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

1922
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1923
Greb (left) in action against Wilson

Aug 31 - Harry Greb  PTS 15  Johnny Wilson (New York City, New York, USA)

Dec 3 - Harry Greb  PTS 10  Bryan Downey (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

1924
Jan 18 - Harry Greb  PTS 15  Johnny Wilson (New York City, New York, USA)

Mar 24 - Harry Greb  KO 12  Fay Kaiser (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

Jun 26 - Harry Greb  PTS 15  Ted Moore (New York City, New York, USA)

1925
Jul 2 - Harry Greb  PTS 15  Mickey Walker (New York City, New York, USA)
Greb proved to be one of the greatest middleweights ever

Nov 13 - Harry Greb  PTS 15  Tony Marullo (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

1926
Feb 26 - Tiger Flowers  PTS 15  Harry Greb (New York City, New York, USA)

Aug 19 - Tiger Flowers  PTS 15  Harry Greb (New York City, New York, USA)

Dec 3 - Mickey Walker  PTS 10  Tiger Flowers (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

1927
Jun 30 - Mickey Walker  KO 10  Tommy Milligan (London, England)

1928
Jun 21 - Mickey Walker  PTS 10  Ace Hudkins (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

1929
Oct 29 - Mickey Walker  PTS 10  Ace Hudkins (Los Angeles, California,  USA)

1931
Jun - Walker vacates the world championship to campaign at light-heavyweight

1932
Jun 11 - Marcel Thil  DIS 11  Gorilla Jones (Paris, France)
1930
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Thil made ten successful defences but some were against mediocre challengers

Jul 4 - Marcel Thil  PTS 15  Len Harvey (London, England)

1933
Oct 2 - Marcel Thil  PTS 15  Kid Tunero (Paris, France)

1934
Feb 26 - Marcel Thil  PTS 15  Ignacio Ara (Paris, France)

May 3 - Marcel Thil  PTS 15  Gustave Roth (Paris, France)

Oct 15 - Marcel Thil  D 15  Carmelo Candel (Paris, France)

1935
May 4 - Marcel Thil  KO 14  Vilda Jaks (Paris, France)

Jun 1 - Marcel Thil  PTS 15  Ignacio Ara (Madrid, Spain)

Jun 28 - Marcel Thil  PTS 15  Carmelo Candel (Paris, France)

1936
Jan 20 - Marcel Thil  DIS 4  Lou Brouillard (Paris, France)

1937
Feb 15 - Marcel Thil  DIS 6  Lou Brouillard (Paris, France)

Thil’s first defence in the USA resulted in a loss

Sep 23 - Fred Apostoli  KO 10  Marcel Thil (New York City, New York, USA)

1938
Apr 4 - Fred Apostoli  PTS 15  Glen Lee (New York City, New York, USA)

Nov 18 - Fred Apostoli  KO 8  Young Corbett III (New York City, New York, USA)

1939
Oct 2 - Ceferino Garcia  KO 7  Fred Apostoli (New York City, New York, USA)

Dec 23 - Ceferino Garcia  KO 13  Glen Lee (Manila, Philippines)

1940
Mar 1 - Ceferino Garcia  D 10  Henry Armstrong (Los Angeles, California, USA)

May 23 - Ken Overlin  PTS 15  Ceferino Garcia (New York City, New York, USA)

Nov 1 - Ken Overlin  PTS 15  Steve Belloise (New York City, New York, USA)
Overlin had a low profile as champion

Dec 13 - Ken Overlin  PTS 15  Steve Belloise (New York City, New York, USA)

1941
May 9 - Billy Soose  PTS 15  Ken Overlin (New York City, New York, USA)

Nov - Soose vacates the world championship to campaign at light-heavyweight

Nov 28 - Tony Zale  PTS 15  Georgie Abrams (New York City, New York, USA)

1942
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1943
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1944
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1945
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1946
Sep 27 - Tony Zale  KO 6  Rocky Graziano (New York City, New York, USA)

1947
Jul 16 - Rocky Graziano  KO 6  Tony Zale (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

1948
Jun 10 - Tony Zale  KO 3  Rocky Graziano (Newark, New Jersey, USA)

Sep 21 - Marcel Cerdan  KO 12  Tony Zale (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)

1949
Jun 16 - Jake LaMotta  KO 10  Marcel Cerdan (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

1950
Jul 12 - Jake LaMotta  PTS 15  Tiberio Mitri (New York City, New York, USA)
LaMotta with his championship belt and his wife (Vickie)

Sep 13 - Jake LaMotta  KO 15  Laurent Dauthuille (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

1951
Feb 14 - Sugar Ray Robinson  KO 13  Jake LaMotta (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Jul 10 - Randolph Turpin  PTS 15  Sugar Ray Robinson (London, England)

Sep 12 - Sugar Ray Robinson  KO 10  Randolph Turpin (New York City, New York, USA)

1952
Mar 13 - Sugar Ray Robinson  PTS 15  Bobo Olson (San Francisco, California, USA)
Robinson on the cover of “Time” magazine

Apr 16 - Sugar Ray Robinson  KO 3  Rocky Graziano (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Dec - Robinson vacates the world championship and retires

1953
Oct 21 - Bobo Olson  PTS 15  Randolph Turpin (New York City, New York, USA)

1954
Apr 2 - Bobo Olson  PTS 15  Kid Gavilan (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Aug 20 - Bobo Olson  PTS 15  Rocky Castellani (San Francisco, California, USA)

Dec 15 - Bobo Olson  KO 11  Pierre Langlois (San Francisco, California, USA)

1955
Dec 9 - Sugar Ray Robinson  KO 2  Bobo Olson (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

1956
May 18 - Sugar Ray Robinson  KO 4  Bobo Olson (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1957
Jan 2 - Gene Fullmer  PTS 15  Sugar Ray Robinson (New York City, New York, USA)
The flamboyant Robinson with his pink Cadillac

May 1 - Sugar Ray Robinson  KO 5  Gene Fullmer (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Sep 23 - Carmen Basilio  PTS 15  Sugar Ray Robinson (New York City, New York, USA)

1958
Mar 25 - Sugar Ray Robinson  PTS 15  Carmen Basilio (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

1959
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1960
Jan 22 - Paul Pender  PTS 15  Sugar Ray Robinson (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Jun 10 - Paul Pender  PTS 15  Sugar Ray Robinson (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

1961
Jan 14 - Paul Pender  KO 7  Terry Downes (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Apr 22 - Paul Pender  PTS 15  Carmen Basilio (Boston, Massachuestts, USA)
Jul 11 - Terry Downes  KO 10  Paul Pender (London, England)

1962
Apr 7 - Paul Pender  PTS 15  Terry Downes (Boston, Massachuestts, USA)

1963
May - Pender vacates the world championship and retires

Aug 10 - Dick Tiger  KO 7  Gene Fullmer (Ibadan, Nigeria)

A poster for the first fight between Tiger and Giardello

Dec 7 - Joey Giardello  PTS 15  Dick Tiger (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

1964
Dec 14 - Joey Giardello  PTS 15  Rubin Carter (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

1965
Oct 21 - Dick Tiger  PTS 15  Joey Giardello (New York City, New York, USA)

1966
Apr 25 - Emile Griffith  PTS 15  Dick Tiger (New York City, New York, USA)

Jul 13 - Emile Griffith  PTS 15  Joey Archer (New York City, New York, USA)

1967
Jan 23 - Emile Griffith  PTS 15  Joey Archer (New York City, New York, USA)

Apr 17 - Nino Benvenuti  PTS 15  Emile Griffith (New York City, New York, USA)
Griffith in training

Sep 29 - Emile Griffith  PTS 15  Nino Benvenuti (New York City, New York, USA)

1968
Mar 4 - Nino Benvenuti  PTS 15  Emile Griffith (New York City, New York, USA)

Dec 14 - Nino Benvenuti  PTS 15  Don Fullmer (San Remo, Italy)

1969
Oct 4 - Nino Benvenuti  DIS 7  Fraser Scott (Naples, Italy)

Nov 22 - Nino Benvenuti  KO 11  Luis Rodriguez (Rome, Italy)

1970
May 23 - Nino Benvenuti  KO 8  Tom Bethea (Umag, Yugoslavia)
Nov 7 - Carlos Monzon  KO 12  Nino Benvenuti (Rome, Italy)

1971
May 8 - Carlos Monzon  KO 3  Nino Benvenuti (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

Sep 25 - Carlos Monzon  KO 14  Emile Griffith (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

1972
Mar 4 - Carlos Monzon  KO 5  Denny Moyer (Rome, Italy)

Jun 17 - Carlos Monzon  KO 13  Jean-Claude Bouttier (Paris, France)

Aug 19 - Carlos Monzon  KO 5  Tom Bogs (Copenhagen, Denmark)
A poster for Monzon’s defence against Briscoe

Nov 11 - Carlos Monzon  PTS 15  Bennie Briscoe (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

1973
Jun 2 - Carlos Monzon  PTS 15  Emile Griffith (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

Sep 29- Carlos Monzon  PTS 15  Jean-Claude Bouttier (Paris, France)

1974
Feb 9 - Carlos Monzon  KO 7  Jose Napoles (Paris, France)

Oct 5 - Carlos Monzon  KO 7  Tony Mundine (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

1975
Jun 30 - Carlos Monzon  KO 10  Tony Licata (New York City, New York, USA)

Dec 13 - Carlos Monzon  KO 5  Gratien Tonna (Paris, France)

1976

Monzon had a playboy image

Jun 26 - Carlos Monzon  PTS 15  Rodrigo Valdez (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

1977
Jul 30 - Carlos Monzon  PTS 15  Rodrigo Valdez (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

Aug - Monzon vacates the world championship and retires

Nov 5 - Rodrigo Valdez  PTS 15  Bennie Briscoe (
Campione d'Italia, Switzerland)

1978
Apr 22 - Hugo Corro  PTS 15  Rodrigo Valdez (San Remo, Italy)

Aug 5 - Hugo Corro  PTS 15  Ronnie Harris (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Nov 11 - Hugo Corro  PTS 15  Rodrigo Valdez (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

1979
Jun 30 - Vito Antuofermo  PTS 15 Hugo Corro (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
Hagler was robbed in his draw with Antuofermo

Nov 30 - Vito Antuofermo  D 15  Marvin Hagler (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

1980
Mar 16 - Alan Minter  PTS 15  Vito Antuofermo (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Jun 28 - Alan Minter  KO 9  Vito Antuofermo (London, England)

Sep 17 - Marvin Hagler  KO 3  Alan Minter (London, England)

1981
Jan 17 - Marvin Hagler  KO 8  Fulgencio Obelmejias (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Hagler relaxing in Las Vegas

Jun 13 - Marvin Hagler  KO 5  Vito Antuofermo (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Oct 3 - Marvin Hagler  KO 11  Mustapha Hamsho (Rosemont, Illinois, USA)

1982
Mar 7 - Marvin Hagler  KO 1  Caveman Lee (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

Oct 30 - Marvin Hagler  KO 5  Fulgencio Obelmejias (San Remo, Italy)

1983
Feb 11 - Marvin Hagler  KO 6  Tony Sibson (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA)

May 27 - Marvin Hagler  KO 4  Wilford Scypion (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Hagler always faced tough opposition during his reign

Nov 10 - Marvin Hagler  PTS 15  Roberto Duran (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

1984
Mar 30 - Marvin Hagler  KO 10  Juan Roldan (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Oct 19 - Marvin Hagler  KO 3  Mustapha Hamsho (New York City, New York, USA)

1985

Hagler’s showdown with Hearns was perhaps the most exciting fight ever

Apr 15 - Marvin Hagler  KO 3  Thomas Hearns (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

1986
Mar 10 - Marvin Hagler  KO 11  John Mugabi (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

1987
Apr 6 - Sugar Ray Leonard  PTS 12  Marvin Hagler (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Jun - Leonard vacates the world championship and retires

1988
* Sumbu Kalambay gained universal recognition following his wins over Herol
   Graham, Iran Barkley, Mike McCallum and Robbie Sims (in addition his win over  Barkley
   became more significant when Barkley subsequently beat leading contender Thomas
  Hearns)

Kalambay in training

Nov 8 - Sumbu Kalambay  KO 7  Doug DeWitt (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

1989
Mar 25 - Michael Nunn  KO 1  Sumbu Kalambay (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Aug 14 - Michael Nunn  PTS 12  Iran Barkley (Reno, Nevada, USA)

1990
Apr 14 - Michael Nunn  PTS 12  Marlon Starling (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Oct 18 - Michael Nunn  KO 10  Donald Curry (Paris, France)

1991
May 10 - James Toney  KO 11  Michael Nunn (Davenport, Iowa, USA)

Jun 29 - James Toney  PTS 12  Reggie Johnson (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Toney was willing to take on all-comers

Oct 12 - James Toney  KO 4  Francesco Dell'Aquila (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

Dec 13 - James Toney  D 12  Mike McCallum (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

1992
Feb 8 - James Toney  PTS 12  Dave Tiberi (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

Apr 11 - James Toney  PTS 12  Glenn Wolfe (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Aug 29 - James Toney  PTS 12  Mike McCallum (Reno, Nevada, USA)

1993
Feb - Toney vacates the world championship to campaign at light-heavyweight

1994
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1995
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1996
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1997
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1998
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1999
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2000
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2001
Sep 29 - Bernard Hopkins  KO 12  Felix Trinidad (New York City, New York, USA)

2002
Feb 2 - Bernard Hopkins  KO 10  Carl Daniels (Reading, Pennsylvania, USA)
2003
Mar 29 - Bernard Hopkins  KO 8  Morrade Hakkar (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Dec 13 - Bernard Hopkins  PTS 12  William Joppy (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

2004
Jun 5 - Bernard Hopkins  PTS 12  Robert Allen (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Sep 18 - Bernard Hopkins  KO 9  Oscar De La Hoya (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

2005
Eastman was a worthy challenger but no match for the outstanding Hopkins

Feb 19 - Bernard Hopkins  PTS 12  Howard Eastman (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Jul 16 - Jermain Taylor  PTS 12  Bernard Hopkins (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Dec 3 - Jermain Taylor  PTS 12  Bernard Hopkins (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

2006
Taylor v Wright was a big event

Jun 17 - Jermain Taylor  D 12  Winky Wright (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)

Dec 9 - Jermain Taylor   PTS 12   Kassim Ouma (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)

2007
May 19 - Jermain Taylor  PTS 12  Cory Spinks (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)

Sep 29 - Kelly Pavlik  KO 7  Jermain Taylor (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

2008
Jun 7 - Kelly Pavlik  KO 3  Gary Lockett (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

2009
Feb 21 - Kelly Pavlik  KO 9  Marco Antonio Rubio (Youngstown, Ohio, USA)

Dec 19 - Kelly Pavlik  KO 5  Miguel Angel Espino (Youngstown, Ohio, USA)

2010
Apr 17 - Sergio Martinez  PTS 12  Kelly Pavlik (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

Nov 20 - Sergio Martinez  KO 2  Paul Williams (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

2011
Mar 12 - Sergio Martinez  KO 8  Sergei Dzinziruk (Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA)

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Barker earned plenty of praise for his game showing against Martinez

Oct 1 - Sergio Martinez  KO 11  Darren Barker (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

2012
Mar 17 - Sergio Martinez  KO 11  Matthew Macklin (New York City, New York, USA)

Sep 15 - Sergio Martinez  PTS 12  Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

2013
Apr 27 - Sergio Martinez  PTS 12  Martin Murray (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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