A pesar de dos caídas, sólo una oficial, el argentino Sergio Gabriel Martínez logró imponerse la noche del sábado al invicto inglés Martin Murray en Argentina, con polémica decisión.

El 'Maravilla' Martínez defendió la corona mundial media del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo al imponerse por decisión unánime con tarjetas de 115 -112, 115-112 y 115-112.

El quilmeño de 38 años de edad tuvo problemas para imponerse en el ring y cayó por completo en el juego del británico, quien fue a dejar en el país sudamericano la calidad de invicto en 25 encuentros.

Murray no se dejó intimidar por los más de 45 mil asistentes – quienes se mantuvieron en el lugar a pesar de una tupida lluvia - al estadio Vélez y se apegó a una estrategia que complicó el desarrollo de la pelea que tenía contemplado el Maravilla.

En la primera mitad del pleito, Sergio Martínez intentó medir a su rival y conecto golpes que inclinaron la balanza a su favor, pero tras las caídas, la concentración se esfumó y sólo intentó estar fuera del alcance del inglés. Sobre todo los últimos rounds, 'Maravilla' evitó contacto tú a tú con el peleador representado por el ex campeón inglés Ricky Hatton.

Sin lucir como un peleador libra por libra, Martinez Paniagua sucumbió a la distancia y golpeo del británico y de paso cayó en el octavo round producto de un volado que lo lastimó. El segundo golpe que lo mandó a la lona, le fue perdonado.

Con esta polémica victoria, Martínez mejoró su récord a 51 victorias, 28 nocauts, dos derrotas y dos empates.

Murray de inmediato se dijo robado y pidió revancha.

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    Box fans cheer before the start of the fight between Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez and British boxer Martin Murray in Buenos Aires, on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Sergio Martinez of Argentina waves to the crowd after defeating England's Martin Murray to retain his WBC middleweight title in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Sergio Martinez of Argentina waves to the crowd after defeating England's Martin Murray for the WBC middleweight title in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Sergio Martinez of Argentina waves to the crowd after defeating England's Martin Murray to retain his WBC middleweight title in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Sergio Martinez of Argentina reacts after receiving a punch by England's Martin Murray during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Sergio Martinez of Argentina, left, lands a punch against England's Martin Murray, right, during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Sergio Martinez of Argentina, left, lands a punch against England's Martin Murray, right, during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Sergio Martinez of Argentina, left, exchange punches with England's Martin Murray, right, during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    England's Martin Murray, right, lands a punch against Sergio Martinez of Argentina during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    England's Martin Murray, right, lands a punch against Sergio Martinez of Argentina during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Sergio Martinez of Argentina, right, lands a punch against England's Martin Murray, left, during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Fans watch under the rain the fight between Sergio Martinez of Argentina and England's Martin Murray during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    England's Martin Murray, right, knocks Sergio Martinez of Argentina to the matt during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    England's Martin Murray, right, lands a punch against Sergio Martinez of Argentina during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Sergio Martinez of Argentina reacts at the end of the sixth round against England's Martin Murray during the WBC middleweight title fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Sergio Martinez, Martin Murray,

    Sergio Martinez of Argentina waves to the crowd after defeating England's Martin Murray to retain his WBC middleweight title in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (L) and British boxer Martin Murray shakes hands after a news conference in Buenos Aires, on December 19, 2012, announcing a fight for next April 27 in Argentina. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (L) and British boxer Martin Murray pose wearing football jerseys of Argentina and England during a news conference in Buenos Aires, on December 19, 2012, announcing a fight for next April 27 in Argentina. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (L) and British boxer Martin Murray pose for the press after a news conference in Buenos Aires, on December 19, 2012, announcing a fight for next April 27 in Argentina. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    British boxer Martin Murray gestures during a news conference in Buenos Aires, on December 19, 2012, announcing a fight for next April 27 in Argentina with Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (out of frame). AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Sergio Martinez

    FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2012, file photo, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., left, lands a punch against Sergio Martinez during the 12th round of their WBC middleweight title fight in Las Vegas. Chavez was suspended for nine months and fined $900,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, over a failed drug test last year. The 26-year-old Mexican fighter tested positive for marijuana in September after his loss to Martinez. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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    British boxer Martin Murray speaks during a news conference in Buenos Aires, on December 19, 2012, announcing a fight for next April 27 in Argentina with Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (out of frame). AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (C) speaks during a news conference in Buenos Aires, on December 19, 2012, announcing a fight for next April 27 in Argentina with British boxer Martin Murray (out of frame). AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (L) and British boxer Martin Murray shake hands wearing national football jerseys of Argentina and England after a news conference in Buenos Aires, on December 19, 2012, announcing a fight for next April 27 in Argentina. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez holds Argentina's football jersey during a press conference in Buenos Aires, on December 19, 2012, announcing a fight against British boxer Martin Murray, for next April 27, 2013 in Argentina. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine boxer WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez gestures during a press conference in Buenos Aires, on December 19, 2012, announcing a fight against British boxer Martin Murray, for next April 27, 2013 in Argentina. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ALTERNATIVE CROP OF MXIL101 - Former world heavyweight champ, Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned "King of Boxing" while accompanied by his wife, Lonnie, right, and Argentine boxer Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez during the 50th convention of the World Boxing Council in Cancun, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The award was given for Ali's lifetime achievements. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

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    Middleweight boxing champion, Sergio Martinez from Argentina, right, makes the opening kick during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina shows his autobiography titled in English; "Heart of a King," at a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina flexes his arms during an official weigh-in in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, April 26, 2013. Martinez will defend his World Boxing Council WBC middleweight title against England's Martin Murray on Saturday April 27. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    England's Martin Murray flexes his arms during an official weigh-in in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, April 26, 2013. Murray will face World Boxing Council WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina on April 27. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina flexes his arms during an official weigh-in in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, April 26, 2013. Martinez will defend his World Boxing Council WBC middleweight title against England's Martin Murray on Saturday April 27. The sign above reads in Spanish "A Historic Event." (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)