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Sergio Martinez: My Return To Boxing is Just a Matter of Time

Former two division world champion Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez, 45 years old, is looking forward to his return to the ring.

After six years in retirement, he planned to fight on June 6. The comeback was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The last time Martinez saw action, in 2014, he was knocked out by Miguel Cotto in New York's Madison Square Garden.


Because of the current restrictions in Argentina and Spain, Martinez is not sure when he could reschedule his return.

"We have to take a look on what date we will be allowed to do it. There is brutal uncertainty in all sports. We do not know what can happen. We are going to see what is coming, hopefully boxing will be activated. I think in September we will be seeing boxing ... although it's more of a wish than a hunch. Right now everything can change in a moment, but my return to boxing is just a matter of time. And I will be back with or without fans in the stands," Martinez explained in an interview with AS' Confinad 

"At my age I don't feel like waiting a year and a half to do that fight. With the public it would be much more beautiful, but you have to be aware and consistent with the present situation that we have."

His future after that ring return is unknown. The veteran is training very hard to stay in shape for when boxing resumes.

As the weeks pass by, Martinez has been linked to several potential opponents.

"The important thing is to fight, regardless of the outcome. I'll go to the ring... suppose I win, but they hit me and it seems to me that it hurts more than I expected. I will say: 'Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much, goodbye.' But we won't know that until I get into the ring, and that's what I love about this," Martinez said.

"A fight with Kerman [Lejarraga] in San Mamés would be great for Spanish boxing. Having my name connected to Marcos Maidana's, for a fight in Argentina, is an honor - and [the rematch with Julio Cesar] Chávez Jr. is the least possible option."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by revelated on 05-17-2020

[QUOTE=GrandpaBernard;20565105]I don’t think his style ages well neither does it facilitate longevity[/QUOTE] Well, Tommy Hearns's original style didn't age well nor did it facilitate longevity, but he changed it up and was highly competitive all the way up until he…

Comment by revelated on 05-17-2020

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;20562566]Yeah and over 40 Division Headgear, bigger gloves, and 15 rounders that would be funny to watch[/QUOTE] So you'd strip Manny and put him in there?

Comment by taste on 05-17-2020

I'm too much of a fan to want to see this...the question is where and how long does this go? Till he gets KO'd? Find some new hobbies champ.

Comment by Boxfan83 on 05-15-2020

I dont want to see old guys like this do traditional boxing. Wouldnt mind seeing them do bare knuckle against some MMA guys around the same age. Besides a few freaks of nature, Boxing is a young mans game. Old…

Comment by GrandpaBernard on 05-15-2020

[QUOTE=Silver Spear;20564810]Unless his knees are better, stay retired. What this sounds like is an exhibition match as a thank you to Spain and Argentina for all their support all those years. As long as he does not do permanent damage…

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