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Kerman Lejarraga Accepts The Challenge of Sergio Martinez reported on Wednesday, that former two division world champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez, 45-years-old, is still planning to return to the ring after six years of retirement.

And Martinez is targeting former EBU 147-pound champion Kerman Lejarraga of Spain as the opponent of choice.

Due to the restrictions of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Martinez would like the fight to take place "between December and February 2021."


Martinez has been out of the ring since 2014, when he suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Miguel Cotto.

During that period, Martinez was dealing with serious knee injuries. He claims that his injuries have long been healed away.

He views Lejarraga was a very credible comeback opponent and expects fireworks in the contest.

Lejarraga has heard the call from Martinez - and he fully embraces the potential opportunity.

Martinez would like to face him in Argentina, but he is also very open to staging the fight in Spain - where it would also draw a big crowd to local venues.

“I have listened to 'Maravilla', I have spoken with [my promoter] MGZ and we want that fight. But first we will have another outing when everything returns to normal. If it's going to be the fight [with Martinez] it would be in Bilbao, from December to March 2021, hopefully in San Mamés, but it is difficult due to the open air weather issue; If not, the option would be at the BEC in Barakaldo," said Lejarraga to Gonzalo Rodriguez Ruiz.

"If Sergio comes forward, we'll go for him. People want confrontations between top-level boxers. We would have to speak with the president, Aitor Elizegi , so that there would be no game in San Mamés that weekend. But as partners that we are from Athletic, for us [the venue would be] San Mamés Stadium and that fight would be enormous."

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Comment by nidaros997 on 04-10-2020

[QUOTE=JuanSkinner;20506384]Its martinez[/QUOTE] The article claimed Kerman had been the EBU (European) champion in the 154 category, but Kerman was the 147 champion. Another Spaniard holds the 154 EBU belt, Sergio Garcia. He and Kerman are frequent sparring partners. Followiing his…

Comment by NORMNEALON on 04-10-2020

[QUOTE=Mammoth;20506190]Would comfortably pick Lejarraga to win.[/QUOTE] I would too . I picture chris byrd vs Shaun george for some reason. Without martinez moving down 25 lbs and 2 weight divisions like byrd did . I dont wanna see martinez do…

Comment by BobLoblaw on 04-10-2020

Hopefully this never happens. I'd still back Maravilla with one knee to brutally KO Lejarraga. Bilbao or Buenos Aires, doesn't matter.

Comment by EDDIE SPERM on 04-09-2020

Sergio had burned $ on Gucci like Maidana? Thought currency lasted years @ Argentina

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 04-09-2020

If Sergio Martinez feel he have a chance to win against Kerman Lejarraga, then I am all board for this fight. My heart said that Sergio Martinez is going to win, but my mind said that Kerman Lajarraga is going…

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