SI.com's 2010 Boxing Awards

Breakthrough Performer
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Breakthrough Performer

Sergio Martinez

Martinez's rise to elite status has been sudden, thanks in large part to wins that were both significant and entertaining, emphatic and suspenseful. He climbed the middleweight ladder for a shot at Kelly Pavlik and as the unified champion was willing to cut a couple pounds to lure Paul Williams back in the ring. The words "I'll fight anyone" are uttered often in boxing, but no fighter backed them up in 2010 more than Martinez.

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