Lem Satterfield of FanHouse reports that a November 20 rematch between Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams is "basically done," according to his sources.
The two met last December in a thrilling slugfest that garnered serious Fight of the Year consideration, stunning because nobody expected the sort of war they put on, and also because Martinez was a late replacement for then-middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, who pulled out of a date with Williams for the second time in 2009. Williams narrowly beat Martinez, but then Martinez went on to dethrone Pavlik in April, while Williams was rocky in a fight at 154 against Kermit Cintron on May 8.
Both men and their camps waited to see what would happen with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. before arriving at this point. Martinez had been talked about as a potential opponent for Mayweather, but it never became that serious. Williams was never considered by either camp, though he and his team made sure to keep their name alive in the discussion by saying Pacquiao and Mayweather were afraid of him.
With no one left to fight (Pavlik declined a rematch with Martinez, too), they now turn to the most logical destination all along: Each other.
Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KO) is currently one of the hottest names in the sport past the Big Two, and Williams (39-1, 27 KO) is no slouch himself. HBO badly wanted the fight, as all fight fans who saw their first encounter did, as well. There feels like unfinished business between Martinez and Tall Paul, and without each other, it's difficult to figure who they'd fight next, and highly unlikely that it would pay as well or draw as much interest from the networks.
With the fight coming on November 20, it will also be positioned as the live partner fight to the Pacquiao-Margarito replay, which usually guarantees more eyeballs than normal, so it's a good position for everyone involved. A site for the fight has yet to be worked out. Their first bout was in Atlantic City.