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No Retirement Decision Just Yet For Sergio Martinez

by David P. Greisman

Sergio Martinez’s return to the ring this past Saturday against Miguel Cotto had followed hand and knee injuries suffered in wins over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012 and Martin Murray in 2013. He was battered badly in the first round against Cotto, suffering three knockdowns. He was shut out on the scorecards. His corner stopped the fight after the 9th round and as the 10th was about to get underway.

He is 39 years old and is no longer the lineal middleweight champion. Does all of this indicate that it’s time for Martinez to hang up the gloves?

It’s a fair question to ask, but Martinez’s trainer says it’s far too early to answer.

“We’re not going to make a decision right now,” Pablo Sarmiento said at the post-fight press conference. “Sergio is a very smart fighter. We’re going to make the decision together. And we’re going to make the best decision for him. But not right now.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by b0ndsj0ns20 on 06-09-2014

That's just his trainer not trying to sound like he's making the decision for Martinez. Sergio is done. That was sad to watch. There isn't a top 20 MW he could have beaten Saturday night.

Comment by Weebler I on 06-09-2014

If he doesn't get caught early, maybe he puts on a better performance. But now seems like the right time to go because who else is there to fight? Canelo?

Comment by Boxinganalysis on 06-09-2014

How about one last fight? Sergio vs Roy Jones.......

Comment by El Matatan on 06-08-2014

One more fight in Argentina champ.

Comment by parrish duke on 06-08-2014

1ST and foremost, i have said it many times, Cotto is a trainera dream because he will follow the gameplan to a fault or should i say to a loss. Roach wanted him to jump on Martinez early and fast…

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