Sergio Martinez Ponders Return To Junior Middleweight

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene caught up with middleweight king Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez who was in Las Vegas to watch Manny Pacquiao defeat Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand. Martinez told BoxingScene that he hopes to face the winner of the Julio Cesar Chavez versus Sebastian Zbik WBC middleweight bout that takes place on June 4th.

"I was the WBC champion (now the WBC emeritus champion). I was told that I get to face the winner between Chavez and Zbik."

After dispatching of former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams, Martinez has had trouble landing a big fight. The middleweight division is barren of star power and some if the bigger names at junior middleweight and welterweight have been reluctant to step up to face Martinez.

Martinez revealed to BoxingScene that he is looking to return to 154 pounds because of theses difficulties hew has faced at landing big fights in the middleweight division.

"I am looking to go back to junior middleweight because there aren't a lot of opportunities at middleweight.  There are a lot more fights at 154."

Bob Arum recently told BoxingScene that he may have Chavez Jr. face Miguel Cotto in September. This confirms Martinez's frustrations with landing a big fight.

Martinez wasn't sure if his HBO ring return on October 1st would come at 160 or 154 pounds. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 05-15-2011

[QUOTE=loui_ludwig;10530782]155 was for Pac not Cotto. [url][/url][/QUOTE] No man, I remember distinctly. I would suggest that you are quoting a typo. Why the fuk would Sergio insist upon 155? He wanted to challenge for Manny's JMW title, so 155 makes…

Comment by loui_ludwig on 05-13-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;10528703] No he did not. Martinez called out Pac at 154 when Manny was the WBC champ, and he called out Mayweather at the same weight. 155 was for Cotto, with Sergio's middleweight belt on the line. The potential matchup…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 05-12-2011

[QUOTE=Mikhnienko;10529411]No he is not and stop making sh1t up. Martinez gave his weights in the middle of training camp for the PW II and Dzinziruk fight. He was 174 and 176 a month away from the fight. He must walk…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 05-12-2011

[QUOTE=-Top Rank-;10504659]TBH, and no disrespect to you, but Martinez would be at such a disadvantage against those guys. Bute is anywhere between 182-185 on fight night and [B]Andre Ward actually is up there as well[/B]. [B]Not only will he be…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 05-12-2011

[QUOTE=loui_ludwig;10525671]From back then, Hopkins wasn't struggling to make weight when he fought Tarver. He hired a trainer/nutrionist for going up to 175. Martinez could likely make 154 but didn't he say that he had a hard time making 154.[/QUOTE] It…

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