A childhood game called “King of the Hill” has been a popular past time. It has only one simple rule, Stay on the top, even if others are trying to push or pull you down. Even so, it is already given that nobody really stays on top that long.
Sergio Martinez has long been playing this game for too long. He was always looking up in the bottom and striving hard to get a grip on a slippery stick to get into the top. There are no free-pass or “gimme” fights, it’s not even a walk in the park. Everything has to be gained and being the best means you have to pass the eye of a needle or to sleep on a bed of nails. Nobody said it was easy but nobody said it was impossible.
Sergio had no game plan. He only has one thing in mind and that is to fight and win, whatever it takes.
For a period in time Paul Williams became the most avoided fighter in boxing. He has a freakish 82” reach and stands 6-foot-1 that could fit in the welterweight limit but fights in the middleweight division. When nobody dared, Sergio took up the challenge. He lost the match but he caught everyone’s attention. When they traded knockdowns in the first round, Sergio knew that he could take William’s punches. A right game plan could have put Williams to sleep and that was definitely what Martinez did on their rematch. He caught an open Williams with a left hook that send the face-first Williams to the canvass with eyes wide open.
At 35 years old, it seems like Sergio’s career has just started. He still has the size, strength and superb reflexes to bang it out with the young ones. He at the same time has a lot of dreams to catch up and somehow made it just a couple of steps in the pound per pound ratings. Nevertheless, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he has to fight either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. the weight difference makes it seem impossible to meet up. However, there are still a lot of challenges to conquer. People, who would push, pull or do anything to bring him down.
Sergio would like to retire with a great legacy and winning against Williams can be a blessing or a curse. Even so, whatever happens. Sergio is the King of the Hill on his own right now. He doesn’t care how long, but he’s just happy to be on top.