Good luck with that (complete w/thumbs up and a cheesy smile). To which Darren would probably respond by saying, "Thanks mate- but I'll try his ass. I've seen worse."
In beating Tasmania's Daniel Geale last night in Atlantic City, NJ, while also removing the IBF Middleweight belt from around his waist, Darren Barker was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and exorcise a few demons. He lost his brother in tragedy to an auto accident in 2006. Then, he was viciously beaten by mindless thugs and left for dead on a London street in summer 2010.
He's a world champion now- a distinction he can share with his wonderful daughter for life.
After pushing over the applecart that was Geale, Barker (26-1, 16KO's) erupted into tears of joy after getting the split decision (I had it 115-112 Barker). He earned it. It was an intense back and forth affair that featured many exchanges, and it was Barker's remarkable resilience and resourceful nature that allowed him to get the "W".
I didn't think he could survive the left hook to the liver that sent him crashing to the canvas in the 6th round. Barely escaping Eddie Cotton's count at 9, Barker would go on to corral Geale for pretty much the remainder of the way, to set up a looming affair with Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.
He'll try like hell- but Golovkin will kill him. After what he's gone through he deserves anything he can get, including a nice payday against the Russian assassin to set him up for life.
Hopefully Barker can squeeze in a defense of his world title, perhaps against fellow brit Martin Murray. That'd be nice. Last time we saw Murray he was getting the shaft in Argentina, as a little hometown cooking resulted in Sergio Martinez keeping his WBC middleweight crown.
Murray spanked Martinez, but whatever...
Martinez's camp still talking sh*t about "GGG"
The dude who's "really earned" a colossal ass-whooping from Golovkin is the aforementioned Sergio Martinez. Like, why would you deliberately want to make this guy mad?
Didn't we go down this road before Sergio? re: Sergio Martinez on the "GGG" hitlist
Martinez and his crew have spent a considerable amount of time working "GGG" in the media. Here's what his loud mouthed adviser Sampson Lewkowicz had to say recently over Golovkin's Nov. 2 date with Curtis Stevens.
"He needs to fight someone like Stevens, because fighting Jr. middleweights and beating the same guys who Martinez already beat will do nothing for him. Fighting someone like Stevens will take Golovkin to the next level, and put him in the right direction on making the fight with Martinez an event worthy of pay-per-view. He needs to fight someone fresh instead of wanting to fight everyone that Martinez already beat," Lewkowicz whined to BoxingScene.com
He can't rest on what he's done. And maybe he tosses and turns at night over what "GGG" is doing. Golovkin will probably bury Stevens in about 3 rounds, and though we all like him- put a beatdown on Darren Barker, before putting Martinez through the rinse cycle and getting him spun like laundry.
Last time I checked, Martinez's stock has been dropping faster than the Andre Berto fan base. Plus he knows, - that we know - he was getting mugged by Murray, and if Chavez Jr. enjoyed just one less joint, all of a sudden we don't know if he's still in position to sh*t.
Just hurry up and heal so you can get your ass beat.