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."