Sergio Martinez vs. Matthew Macklin
2012-03-17 : Sergio Gabriel Martinez 157½ lbs beat Matthew Macklin 158 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 11 of 12
- Location: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York, USA
- Referee: Eddie Cotton
- Judge: Carlos Ortiz Jr 105-101
- Judge: Don Trella 105-101
- Judge: Julie Lederman 103-103
- World Boxing Council Diamond Middleweight Title (2nd defense by Martinez)
- The Ring Magazine Middleweight Title (4th defense by Martinez)
- Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
- Ring Announcer: Michael Buffer
- Aired On: HBO World Championship Boxing (Main Event)
- Sergio Martinez 48-2-2 (27 KOs) vs. Matthew Macklin 28-3 (19 KOs)
- Martinez entered as the middleweight champion and #3 fighter pound-for-pound in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Macklin, a 6.5/1 betting underdog, was ranked as the #3 middleweight contender according to the same publication.  
- Martinez entered having won his four previous matches dating back to December of 2009. Macklin, who was fighting in the United States for the first time since 2005, was coming off a controversial split-decision loss to Felix Sturm for the WBA Super World Middleweight Title nine months earlier.
- It was referee Eddie Cotton's 60th world title bout.
- Official Scorecards
In the opening round, Martinez circled Macklin, who largely stayed in the center of the ring, and moved in quickly and threw. Macklin was a bit more restrained than in his previous bouts early and he sought to solve Martinez's movement. Martinez looked to keep Macklin out of range, move in quickly while landing and get back out of range. A left hand caught Macklin coming forward midway through Round 2 and, although it did not appear to hurt him, sent him stumbling back into the ropes. Macklin had an improved 3rd Round landing with a few straight right hands to the body, as neither man landed with great effect. The chess match continued in Round 4 as both fighters evaded the greatest punishment from their opponent. A left hand at 1:30 caught Macklin as the two were tangled and made it appear his glove might touch, although it likely would have been ruled a slip. Macklin appeared to be gaining confidence in the 5th Round; a round he likely won by putting punches together. The two exchanged power shots as the round closed. Martinez had a stronger Round 6 landing with several decent counter shots. A knockdown was ruled in Round 7 as in blocking a punch Martinez stumbled over the legs of Macklin causing his glove to touch the mat. Martinez appeared to be spurred by the knockdown and looked to take it to Macklin to close the round. Martinez had perhaps his strongest round in the 8th as he turned up his aggression and caught Macklin with several good shots. The champion began to distance himself from his opponent in Round 9. He moved in and out and landed well against Macklin who was a step slow. Martinez took Round 10 catching Macklin with single counter shots. Macklin was spun around and stumbled into the ropes as the round ended. At 2:42 of Round 11, a straight left caught Macklin coming forward and sent him stumbling back and down. He made it to his feet at the count of six and was allowed to continue, as he bled from a cut the opened outside his right and left eyebrows. Martinez came forward and landed another straight left hand that put Macklin down on his side. He again got to his feet at the count of six as the round ended. Following the round and with Macklin on the stool, trainer James (Buddy) McGirt waved for the referee Eddie Cotton to call an end to the bout, which he did.
- "I'll never ever quit and wanted to continue. Obviously Buddy (McGirt) knows what he's seeing... I gave it one hundred percent." - Matthew Macklin in the post-fight interview.