On December 5, 2009 Martínez fought Paul Williams in a non-title middleweight bout at Atlantic City‘s Boardwalk Hall in a fight that was later described as a fight of the year candidate. In the first round Williams and Martinez would both knock each other down once. Martinez would then seem to control the next 2 rounds with effective power punching. Then Williams seemed to narrowly take control of the fight when he seemingly won rounds 4, 5, 6 and 7 by landing hard left hands to the side of Martinez’ head. Rounds 8–10 then signified that the fight would be close on the score-cards when Martinez won those rounds by repeating what he did in rounds 2 and 3. Then in the final 2 rounds (11–12), both warriors began to fade although the exchanges remained very closely contested, although Williams was far more active and therefore would seemingly win those final 2 rounds based on the fact that he was far more active in the last 2 rounds of the fight. That would turn out to be the case as Williams would escape with a majority decision victory with scores of 114–114, 119–110 (for Williams) and 115–113 (for Williams).
Paul Williams vs Sergio Martinez 2
Martinez delivers a crushing knockout.
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