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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Lou DiBella swipes at Larry Merchant

By Michael Woods

After Sergio Martinez's 11th-round TKO win over Matthew Macklin, Martinez's promoter, Lou DiBella, railed at HBO's Larry Merchant, with love in his heart, for suggesting that Martinez should go up to 168 and fight an Andre Ward or Lucian Bute.

"Why don't you tell me to fight effin' Klitschko?" DiBella said. He took issue with Julio Cesar Chavez for weighing in light-heavyweight territory for his last fight, against Marco Antonio Rubio. DiBella said Martinez is a 154-pounder who eats steak and potatoes to make middleweight, and even then weighs well under 160 pounds. "He's an effing 154 pounder!"

Next for Martinez? Maybe Irishman Andy Lee, in Boston or in Ireland, DiBella said.