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Sergio Martinez: When I knock out Cotto, I can focus on Golovkin

Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is ready for Miguel Cotto in June, and after that, he knows that Gennady Golovkin is knocking on the door.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Sergio Martinez hasn't fought since April 2013, but the reigning middleweight champion has Miguel Cotto lined up for June 7, and he's ready to go for that one, saying he's aiming to knock out Cotto, and then he'll focus on Gennady Golovkin, perceived as the biggest threat at 160 pounds.

"When I beat Cotto by knockout, I can just concentrate on what might be a possible fight with Golovkin. He is the most difficult opponent. He's not the most difficult because of his technique, but for his physical strength. Golovkin is strong, physically fit and he can take a punch. This is the time to fight him, because in a few years he will have more experience and he will be more dangerous," Martinez told Mundo.

Martinez (51-2-2, 38 KO) has held the middleweight championship since 2010. Cotto (38-4, 31 KO) is without question a dangerous foe on June 7, but Martinez-Golovkin has been on the minds of many for a couple of years now. Golovkin, who holds the WBA middleweight title, is figured by some to be the real top middleweight in the world right now, with the aging Martinez thought to be past his prime. But the best way to find out is a fight, at least if Martinez beats Cotto in June.

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