Sergio Martinez Still Aims To Return, Continues To Train Hard

By Elisinio Castillo

Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez, the former world super welterweight and middleweight champion who retired in 2015, said in an interview with EFE that his return to boxing is a fact.

According to Martinez, "in a few days" he will finalize an opponent, the location and date of his fight.

Martinez explained that he was frustrated after his recent negotiations to finalize a rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had fallen apart. Martinez dominated Chavez Jr. in 2012 and says there was a streaming deal to make the fight for November 17.


Martinez has been training for his return with coach Tinín Rodriguez since April, in the Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas.

Martinez has been out of the ring since getting knocked out by Miguel Cotto in a one-sided fight back in 2014.

"Since I lost with Miguel Cotto and I retired I have had four very intense years. I've had great years: I made a movie, two plays that I wrote, two monologues, I worked in a television miniseries and chapters of another," Martinez said.

"I have also been giving motivational talks. I have found an important vein there, I have had more than 150 talks. I started giving talks only to athletes, but I was expanding, now I work with companies, I visit villages, I go to hospitals, to schools ...

"For years I did not miss [boxing] at all. For almost four years I had a lot of pain in my right knee, which was injured, and that was enough to say that I did not want to know anything about boxing. In addition to that, in recent times I had toxic people around, not many of them but I did not realize these things. Once I got out of boxing, I healed what I had and I already look at things in another way.

"I went back to training and went back to boxing. It's crazy, but what a blessed madness. I'm thinking of doing a fight, I was about to sign a fight with Chávez, in fact I traveled to sign and make the rematch, and but he didn't provide his signature. He did not want to sign, he could not, he had problems with the weight, because he was not going to arrive with the 76 kilos that we had agreed on and he did not sign.

"I keep training and I know that something good will appear, at any time. I'm training very well. I think [my fight details] will come out in a few days, I'm not talking about weeks, I think that in days a new fight will be defined. I have to see if it's attractive to me, because I do not want just any fight. If I'm going back, I want to do it right. I am enjoying this moment very much."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shadoww702 on 11-21-2018

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;19287540]... At this stage (when the AJ is expected by all), I don't thing Wilder would take a fight that he isn't sure of success... S[I]h[/I]it happens, of course, but not in a case like this -- Wilder by KO...…

Comment by MDPopescu on 11-21-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;19285623]I forgot to ask you but do you think Fury can beat Wilder??? On paper if I saw a guy out for almost 3 years and only had two tuneup fights to get ready for a bonafide Champion AND he…

Comment by DARKSEID on 11-20-2018

[QUOTE=The Smash;19285239]He can run, but he can't hide.[/QUOTE] He couldn't run against cotto since he was effectively a cripple in that fight.

Comment by -Kev- on 11-20-2018

These commissions need to protect fighters like Martinez. Making a comeback in his 40s when he was forced to retire due to an injury. Besides Golf and Bowling, literally no other sport would allow an old, injury prone, incompetent player…

Comment by rojo45 on 11-20-2018

You are doing well after boxing you had day now move on!

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