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Sergio Martinez Was Surprised By WBA Ranking, Eyes December Return

Former WBC junior middleweight and middleweight champion, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez, is already gearing up to return to the ring before the end of the year.

After returning on August 21 with a victory inside the limit at the expense of Jose Miguel Fandino in Torrelavega and a couple of weeks that he qualifies as "active rest", the boxer began a double shift of training under the orders of coach Tinin Rodríguez and physical trainer David Navarro.

"It has been an intense day, quite intense, you know, a lot of work it is very good to work like that, it is great to see the progress come so fast, very fast," Martinez told Telam.

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Martinez is looking to fight again in early December, on the 1st or 2nd.

"The dates are tentative, but in principle my team and I agreed on [early December] and unless things get complicated for us with COVID-19, we will fight on those days, at most a week later, but surely against a more demanding rival than Fandino, someone harder who will allow us to evaluate where I am standing," Martinez said.

Martinez's return was his first fight since 2014, when he was knocked out by Miguel Cotto.

After that loss, Martinez retired from the sport due to nagging injuries with his knees.

The former champion, whose record is 52-3-2 with 29 knockouts, recently received a high ranking in the sixth position among the top ten middleweights under the World Boxing Association (WBA).

"Of course it surprised me a bit, it is all happening very fast, but in boxing these things happen, some have come against me [over that ranking]... but this has come to my advantage and I will try to take advantage of it," said Martinez.

The boxer is hoping to eventually get a crack at WBA "regular" champion Ryota Murata of Japan, who has not entered the ring since December 23, 2019 when he won by TKO in five rounds over Canadian Steven Butler.

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Comment by SinderellaMan on 09-10-2020

The WBA should be ashamed. I'm 39. No, I'm not a pro boxer, but to jump back in prizefighting at 45, 46 and now with a probable title shot? Accident waiting to happen. My buddy asked me to spar for…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 09-09-2020

[QUOTE=NC Uppercut;20752574]He's been takin them saltwater soaks. Might come back like a ninja! 😆[/QUOTE] Dem knees gonna go again. He says they're fine yet he's still wearing strapping. Hmm.

Comment by NC Uppercut on 09-09-2020

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;20751925]Why not just make a new weight for Sergio like, say, Crippleweight? Once his knees go again, I'd like to see him start wheelchair boxing. It could be huuuge.[/QUOTE] He's been takin them saltwater soaks. Might come back like…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 09-09-2020

Why not just make a new weight for Sergio like, say, Crippleweight? Once his knees go again, I'd like to see him start wheelchair boxing. It could be huuuge.

Comment by Scopedog on 09-09-2020

If he wants to have a couple more fights similar to the one he's just had against low-mid domestic level guys I don't really have a problem with it, but the WBA's seriously irresponsible for trying to cajole him into…

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