Former two division world champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO), 45-years-old, is still not walking away from his plan to have a comeback fight.
Martinez has been out of the ring since June 2014, when he was knocked out by Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
His comeback was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but he still wants to hold a return fight, possibly by the end of 2020 or early 2021.
Initially, Martinez was targeting a rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. - but now he has a different opponent in mind.
According to Martinez, he would "really like to fight with the Spanish Kerman Lejarraga (30-2, 24 KOs)." And he says the fight could happen "between December and January."
"I think it would be a good fight. He is a good boxer, he looks very strong. It is a fight that would make me excited. It would be a duel of very different styles. I would like it very much, it excites me," Martinez said.
"Kerman is very strong and he has also been active. I have not fought for six years, I think that maybe I should have had a fight before to have contact with the mat, the ropes, the ring ... because it is different from the one you train in. As much as I am doing well in training, I think the most logical thing would be to do a fight. With Kerman it will be between December and January. I will be almost 46 years old, I am aware of that.
"It's an idea that I discussed with Miguel, who is my partner and my friend. He told me he liked it. It doesn't seem crazy. Where it happens, in Madrid or Bilbao, there may be an audience; in Spain there may be a lot of people. I'll keep training and at any time there will be news [about the pandemic ending] and then we will know [when the fight happens]."