Sergio Martinez Decides to Continue Career
After his devastating loss to Miguel Cotto last June 7th, Sergio Martinez wanted to take time-off before he decided on his future plans. On Saturday, the former longtime middleweight champion of the world had decided: He will fight on.
Martinez has spent the last few weeks in Spain, contemplating about his future in boxing. After a couple of meetings with adviser Sampson Lewkowicz and business manager Miguel De Pablos, the 39 year old Argentinian boxing legend felt that he wasn’t quite done and wanted to win another world title.
On Saturday, Martinez announced that he will continue his boxing career and has targeted an early 2015 return against a credible opponent to push him back to the top of the rankings. Martinez said that he is “100% healthy” and that he is “ready to do whatever it takes to return to the very top of boxing”.
View From the Top
Martinez has been very amiliar with the view from the top. The former WBC Light Middleweight champion rose to fame after his bloody unanimous decision victory over Kelly Pavlik in 2010 where he won the Ring, WBO and WBC Middleweight championships.
Martinez then established himself as one of the top Pound for Pound fighters in the sport by defending the Middleweight belt six consecutive times before losing it to Cotto last June 7th.
Knees are Not an Issue
It can be recalled that Martinez was sidelined for thirteen months before the Cotto bout because of two successive knee surgeries. However, Martinez continues to insist that his knees weren’t an issue in the loss to Cotto. He believes that he got hurt with the first left hook that Cotto landed in round one. Martinez says that he never recovered his bearings and fought on instincts the rest of the way.
Martinez is set to undergo a series of medical check-ups in New York later this year to ensure that he is physically healthy to return. Aside from the knee and hand injuries which he suffered in his previous wins over Martin Murray and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Martinez suffered a concussion from the heavy pounding he took from Miguel Cotto.
Top 15 Opponent
Martinez has one fight left in his contract with HBO and they will use that in his projected 2015 return. Lou Di Bella, who promotes Martinez, says that Sergio will likely face a Top 15 middleweight who may not be big name but will be “good enough” to determine if Martinez still belongs to the elite. Di Bella adds that if Martinez can “perform well” in that next fight, they will take it from there. Although he says that Martinez is “old enough” to decide for himself, Di Bella stated that he will be the first one to admit if Martinez is no longer the same fighter.
Sergio Martinez was heavily favored to beat Miguel Cotto, and that alone is a fact that he is not over the hill. Martinez has been one of the greatest pound for pound champions of this decade, and he truly deserves a chance to prove that he had an “off-night” against Miguel Cotto.
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