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Why Sergio Martinez Dedicates His Fight To A Teen
March 11, 2011 Boxing News

Nearly 13 million students are bullied each year. It’s a growing problem in America. On Thursday, during the Sergio Martinez vs Sergei Dzinziruk press conference, Martinez dedicated his fight to a 13-year-old Middletown, Connecticut , girl . Monique McClain left her middle school in January because of constant bullying by her classmates. “This fight is for you, Monique,” said Martinez.

Martinez said he knows what Monique is going through because he was bullied when he was young. In fact, President Barack Obama said he was bullied as well because of his large ears and funny name. The President and the first lady hosted a White House conference on bullying earlier in the week, where they said bullying should not be tolerated in schools. Experts says bullying affects the way kids study, increases their chances of using drugs and alcohol, and causes mental or health problems.

Martinez and Dzinziruk are fighting on Saturday, March 12th, for the middleweight World Boxing Council Diamond Championship. The match airs on HBO.

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"2" Comments
  1. Your a wonderful man Sergio! I thank you from the botttom of my heart, for what you did for my daughter ” Monique”… We’ll never forget u and your TEAM!!!! Thank you!! xo

  2. Alexa McClain aka Gramma

    Sergio Martinez gave Monique the strength and encouragement to believe that life will get better for her. He expressed a profound understanding in her plight.
    Words CANNOT express our appreciate to this man for his compassion and his interest in helping Monique get through this dark chapter and the time and effort that he and his Team invested in making this meeting happen.

    The entire McClain Family will NEVER forget the ray of sunshine Sergio gave Monique.
    We will never be able to thank Sergio Martinez enough.

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