Sergio Gabriel Martínez (born February 21, 1975) is an Argentine former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2014. He held the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine, and lineal middleweight titles between 2010 and 2014, making six successful defenses of the latter two titles. Martínez's 50-month reign as lineal champion ranks as one of the longest in middleweight history.[1] He also fought at light middleweight, where he held the IBO title from 2003 to 2005, and the WBC interim title in 2008 (later elevated to full world champion status the following year).

Martínez reached a career high ranking as the world's third best active boxer, pound for pound, behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, as voted by most sporting news and boxing publications, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, and The Ring.[2] In 2010 he received Fighter of the Year awards by both The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America, as well as The Ring's Knockout of the Year for his victory against Paul Williams. The WBC named him their Boxer of the Year in 2010 and 2012.[3] A southpaw, Martínez was known as a fast and athletic fighter and his style has been described as "crowd-pleasing",[4] partly because of his tendency to fight with his hands down when out of his opponents' range.[5]

Outside the ring, Martínez has been an active spokesperson in the fight against bullying and domestic violence against women. He is the author of a book, Corazón de Rey ("Heart of a King"),[6] and is said to be working on a second book.[7]

Early life

Sergio Martínez was born on 21 February 1975 in Avellaneda to parents Hugo Alberto Martínez and Susana Griselda.[8] Shortly afterwards the family relocated to the nearby city of Quilmes, which is also in the Buenos Aires Province. His father worked as a construction worker and metal worker, a trade which Sergio Martínez joined along with his two brothers, Sebastian and Hugo Jr. Martínez was bullied as a child in his "dirt-poor rural village."[9] Before boxing, Martínez was a keen cyclist and football player and it was not until 1995 that he decided he would become a boxer. After being trained by his uncle, Ruben Paniagua, Martínez began boxing as an amateur and compiled a record of 39–2 (39 wins to 2 losses), the losses came by way of majority decision and knockout. His boxing career suffered a major setback in August 1996 when he broke his left hand, forcing him out of the sport for a year.[10] Although he considered competing for Argentina at the 2000 Olympics, he decided that he was too old to wait the two and a half years and chose to turn professional in December 1997.[11]

Professional career

Early years in Argentina

Martínez at the age of 22, had his first professional fight on 27 December 1997 in Ituzaingo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The opponent for his professional debut, Cristian Marcelo Vivas, was disqualified in the second round, giving Martínez his first win. Martínez fought the first 17 fights of his career in his native Argentina, compiling a record of 16–0–1. The only blemish on his record at this point occurred in his third fight, a draw against Mario Javier Nieva over four rounds. Martínez rematched Nieva four months later and won a six-round unanimous decision.[12]

After facing a relatively low level of opposition for his first 17 fights in Argentina, Martínez fought overseas for the first time, travelling to the United States to face Antonio Margarito on the undercard to the first Érik Morales vs Marco Antonio Barrera bout. The fight took place on 19 February 2000 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The contest started badly for Martínez as Margarito scored a knockdown in the first round. Although Martínez recovered and had some success in the early rounds, he was hurt by a number of punches in round seven leading to a stoppage by the referee, thus handing Martínez his first loss. Following the Margarito fight, Martínez returned to Argentina and fought eight times, all victories, from April 2000 – February 2002. During this run of fights he won the Argentina welterweight title after outpointing Javier Alejandro Blanco. He successfully defended the title once, knocking out Sergio Ernesto Acuna in the seventh round, before being stripped of the title.[12]

Relocation to Spain

After his final fight in Argentina, a February 2002 win over Francisco Mora, Martínez decided to relocate to Spain. It was there that he began his partnership with his current trainer Gabriel Sarmiento, who worked out of a gym in Azuqueca de Henares. During his time in Spain, Martínez also worked jobs such as; nightclub bouncer, dishwasher, construction worker and did modelling jobs for Adidas and Nike. From April 2002 – May 2003 he fought four times in Spain, all eight-round fights that he won against weak opposition, two of his opponents had lost their last six fights. This was to change in his next fight however, as he took on Richard Williams in England for the lightly regarded IBO light middleweight title. Martínez, who entered the ring as an underdog, having had only eight days preparation,[11][13] won a unanimous decision. Although Williams scored knockdowns in the second and eleventh rounds, he was close to being stopped in the final round and the scorecards were heavily in Martínez's favour.[14] He defended the IBO title twice in the United Kingdom; a twelfth round knock-out victory of Adrian Stone in Bristol was followed by a rematch against Williams in Belfast, on this occasion Williams was stopped in the ninth round. Over the next two and a half years, Martínez won seven fights in a row back in Spain, six of which were against boxers who had losing records.[12] Soon thereafter, Martínez began to gain recognition and pursue fights in the United States, under the guidance of adviser Sampson Lewkowicz.

Light middleweight

Martínez vs. Cintron

Martínez claimed the Interim WBC light middleweight championship on 4 October 2008, beating Alex Bunema via an eighth round retirement.[12] On 14 February 2009 Martínez fought to a majority draw against Puerto Rican Kermit Cintron. The fight was controversial for a number of reasons; during the seventh round Martínez knocked Cintron down with a clean left hand shot and the referee reached the count of ten and waved the fight off. However, this was disputed by Cintron, who claimed that the knockdown was a result of a headbutt but actually the headbutt which Cintron claimed to have happened was actually an extremely powerful and accurate cross from Sergio Martínez. Cintron's protestations led to the referee overturning his decision and the fight continued. The fight went the twelve round distance and the scorecards revealed a draw, many ringside observers felt that the decision was a robbery and that Martínez easily outboxed Cintron and should have gained the victory.[15]

On 21 May 2009, WBC light middleweight champion Vernon Forrest was stripped of his title due to a rib injury that would leave him out of action indefinitely. Because of the injury and his inability to fight Sergio Martínez, Martínez's interim title was upgraded to full WBC title status. Although the organization also mandated that Martínez face Forrest, that bout would never happen. Less than a month later, Forrest was tragically murdered in Atlanta, GA.[16]


Martínez vs. Williams I

On 5 December 2009 Martínez fought Paul Williams in a non-title middleweight bout at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in a fight that was later described as a fight of the year candidate. In the first round Williams and Martínez would both knock each other down once. Martínez would then seem to control the next two rounds with effective power punching. Then Williams seemed to narrowly take control of the fight when he seemingly won rounds 4, 5, 6 and 7 by landing hard left hands to the side of Martínez's head. Rounds 8–10 then signified that the fight would be close on the score-cards when Martínez won those rounds by repeating what he did in rounds 2 and 3. Then in the final 2 rounds (11–12), both fighters began to fade although the exchanges remained very closely contested, although Williams was far more active and therefore would seemingly win those final 2 rounds based on the fact that he was far more active in the last 2 rounds of the fight. That would turn out to be the case as Williams would escape with a majority decision victory with scores of 114–114, 119–110 (for Williams) and 115–113 (for Williams).

Martínez vs. Pavlik

After an impressive performance against Paul Williams, Sergio Martínez stayed at middleweight and challenged WBC, WBO, The Ring and lineal middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. The fight took place in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on 17 April 2010. Martínez defeated Pavlik via unanimous decision in a bout which saw Martínez overcome a knock-down in the seventh rounds to go on subsequently dominate a majority of the remainder of the rounds in the fight. Pavlik had cuts above both eyes for several rounds, which did not stop bleeding; he said they affected his vision and performance.[17] Although there was a rematch clause in the contract, Pavlik chose not to enforce it, stating his desire to move up in weight.[18] The victory over Pavlik earned Martínez the WBC, WBO, Ring and lineal middleweight championships.

With Martínez winning the middleweight championship, he was required to make some decisions regarding his conflicting WBC light middleweight title. The sanctioning organizations for boxing recognize that boxers may choose to move up or down in the weight categories, yet they also wish to make all championship belts available to challenge. As such, their rules prohibit a fighter from simultaneously holding belts in multiple divisions. This prohibition includes holding a title with one sanctioning organization while also holding a title in a different weight class with a different organization. Eight weeks after the Pavlik fight, when Martínez failed to announce a preference to be a light middleweight or a middleweight champion (the WBO rules allow ten days to decide), the WBO stripped him of their middleweight title.[19] A week later, Martínez did inform the WBC that he was willing to vacate their Light Middleweight title and maintain his WBC Middleweight belt.[20]

Martínez vs. Williams II

On 20 November 2010, Sergio got a chance to avenge his loss to Williams. Both fighters were ranked among the top six pound-for-pound fighters, and Williams came into the fight as the Ring No. 2 ranked Middleweight. Many speculated that this would be a fight of the year candidate. Approximately one minute into the second round, Martínez knocked Williams out with an over-the-top left hand to retain his title. The knockout was called by many as the knockout of the year. Williams stated to Max Kellerman after the fight, "He caught me with a punch I did not see."

Martínez vs. Dzinziruk

Sergio Martínez's next fight was against undefeated Sergiy Dzindziruk on 12 March 2011 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, winning by TKO in 8 rounds. Dzindziruk, the WBO light middlweight champion, was knocked down five times in the fight.[21] Martinez was also awarded the WBC Diamond belt.

Martínez vs. Barker

Martínez then fought undefeated EBU middleweight champion Darren Barker on 1 October at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. He knocked Barker out with an extremely powerful right hook and put Barker to his knees in the 11th round.

Many boxing analysts and experts said that Darren Barker has the skills and ring generalship to one day become a champion, but that his skills were not perfected enough to do anything against Martínez. The first few rounds showed that Barker was actually able to make Martínez uncomfortable in the ring and give him more trouble than expected. Throughout the fight, Barker consistently gave Martínez problems, while never hurting him or really ever winning any of the rounds, he gave Martínez a challenge by coming in but not giving much offence to let Martínez counter or land anything clean. He also managed to get Martínez's nose to bleed early in the rounds by an upper-cut. Martínez, however, fought through the difficulty and eventually found openings which led to a knock-out of Barker, in the 11th with a right hook.

Martínez vs. Macklin

Sergio successfully defended his The Ring title against the No. 3 Ring Middleweight Matthew Macklin of Ireland on 17 March 2012 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Macklin was coming off a very impressive performance against middleweight champion Felix Sturm prior his fight with Martínez, a fight that many felt Macklin won, but he lost a controversial decision to Sturm in Germany. Macklin unexpectedly threw vigorous hooks and jabs that left Martínez behind on the scorecards and left Martínez in a sense of urgency. The Madison Square Garden crowd was largely pro-Macklin. The fight was featured on BBC's boxing schedule for 2011: "18: Madison Square Garden, New York City, Sergio Martinez beat Matthew Macklin by 11th-round KO (The Ring middleweight). ".

Martínez struggled in the first half of the fight, with Macklin able to time Martínez very well, which neutralized much of Sergio's offensive attack (and would even score a knock-down on Martínez in the seventh round). Martínez was able to turn the tide in the later rounds, finding his range with his left hand. After scoring two knockdowns in the 11th, Macklin's corner stopped the fight shortly before the 12th round.

Martínez vs. Chávez Jr.

This fight was notable in that the WBC did not initially want Chavez Jr. to fight Martinez. Chavez Jr.'s godfather was the head of WBC and refused to allow the fight, even after a unanimous vote to allow the unbeaten champion to fight the current title holder.

Martínez shaking hands with Mauricio Macri, when he was awarded the Olimpia de Oro for 2012.

Martínez fought Julio César Chávez Jr. on 15 September 2012, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Paradise, Nevada for Chávez Jr's WBC Middleweight title. Martínez won by unanimous decision after surviving a 12th round knock down following a dominant performance over the first 11 rounds. ESPN, and The Los Angeles Times all gave round-by-round reports on the fight.

Martínez out worked and out landed Chávez throughout the first 11 rounds of the fight, in dominating fashion. Though Chávez had his moments trapping Martínez in the corner on the ropes, Martínez fought Chávez and used his fast lateral movement to avoid and neutralize Chávez' offensive attack. Chávez hurt Martinez in the 12th round, sending him to the canvas halfway through the round. Martínez got up with a little over one minute left in the fight, and rather than clinch or hold on to Chávez, Martínez continued to throw and trade blows with the Mexican. Despite being fatigued and clearly hurt, Sergio Martínez managed to survive the thrilling 12th round without holding. Martínez won the fight by unanimous decision, by the scores of 117–110, 118–109, and 118–109. After the fight, it was revealed that Martínez had broken his left hand (as early as the 4th round) and torn his right meniscus, the latter of which would require surgery.[22][23]

After the fight, Chavez tested positive for cannabis.[24] As a result, he received a fine of $20,000 and was indefinitely suspended by the World Boxing Council.[25]

Martínez vs. Murray

After his surgery, Martínez confirmed his next title defense would take place in his native Argentina,[26] in what would be his first fight in his home country since leaving for Spain in 2002. News agency Reuters reported that Martínez could make his first title defense against British fighter Martin Murray on 27 April 2013 in Argentina.[27] Martínez defeated Ring Top 10 Middleweight Martin Murray by a controversial unanimous decision. Many observers stated that there had been a clear deterioration in Martínez since the Chavez Jr bout.

Martínez vs. Cotto

After a series of setbacks including further surgeries on his knees, Martínez fought again over a year after the Murray fight, losing his WBC, The Ring and lineal middleweight titles to three-division former world champion Miguel Cotto on June 7, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was evident straight away that Martinez's legs were not there, even with knee braces on and clearly visible, Cotto knocked Martínez down three times in the first round. After the first round however, he begun to make the fight competitive with Cotto. He continued to fight back until round nine when Martínez went down once again. Following the ninth round, trainer Pablo Sarmiento decided to call off the fight prior to the tenth round while still in the corner, against the urging of Martínez. According to reports, Sarmiento told Martínez "Champion, your knees are not responding. Sergio, look at me ... I'm gonna stop this one. Sergio, you are the best for me. You'll always be the best champion, Sergio."[28]

Following the bout, Martínez stated that he wanted to continue his boxing career, and expressed his desire to fight against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. However, on June 13, 2015, Martínez announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 40, stating that both aging and knee injuries were the causes for his decision.[29]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
56 fights 51 wins 3 losses
By knockout 28 2
By decision 22 1
By disqualification 1 0
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
56 Loss 51–3–2 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto RTD 9 (12), 3:00 7 Jun 2014 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
55 Win 51–2–2 United Kingdom Martin Murray UD 12 27 Apr 2013 Argentina José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
54 Win 50–2–2 Mexico Julio César Chávez Jr. UD 12 15 Sep 2012 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles;
Won WBC middleweight title
53 Win 49–2–2 United Kingdom Matthew Macklin RTD 11 (12), 3:00 17 Mar 2012 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
52 Win 48–2–2 United Kingdom Darren Barker KO 11 (12), 1:29 1 Oct 2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
51 Win 47–2–2 Ukraine Serhiy Dzyndzyruk TKO 8 (12), 1:43 12 Mar 2011 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
50 Win 46–2–2 United States Paul Williams KO 2 (12), 1:10 20 Nov 2010 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
49 Win 45–2–2 United States Kelly Pavlik UD 12 17 Apr 2010 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won WBC, WBO, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
48 Loss 44–2–2 United States Paul Williams MD 12 5 Dec 2009 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
47 Draw 44–1–2 Puerto Rico Kermit Cintrón MD 12 14 Feb 2009 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S. Retained WBC interim light middleweight title
46 Win 44–1–1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Alex Bunema RTD 8 (12), 3:00 4 Oct 2008 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC interim light middleweight title
45 Win 43–1–1 Armenia Archak TerMeliksetian TKO 7 (10), 2:14 7 Jun 2008 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
44 Win 42–1–1 Dominican Republic David Toribio UD 4 16 Feb 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
43 Win 41–1–1 Panama Russell Jordan TKO 4 (10), 0:59 6 Dec 2007 United States Paradise Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
42 Win 40–1–1 Romania Pavel Florin Madalin RTD 4 (6), 3:00 6 Oct 2007 Spain Polideportivo Sage 2000, Madrid, Spain
41 Win 39–1–1 Mexico Saúl Román KO 4 (12), 2:25 27 Apr 2007 United States Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
40 Win 38–1–1 Cameroon Oliver Tchinda KO 5 (8) 7 Oct 2006 Spain Pabellón La Solidaridad, Fuenlabrada, Spain
39 Win 37–1–1 Romania Vasile Surcica UD 12 26 May 2006 Spain Poliesportiu Insular Blanca Dona, Ibiza Retained WBC Latino light middleweight title
38 Win 36–1–1 Venezuela Presente Brito TKO 1 (8) 1 Apr 2006 Spain Estadio Rayo Vallecano, Madrid, Spain
37 Win 35–1–1 Georgia (country) Tamaz Tskrialashvili TKO 6 (8) 4 Nov 2005 Spain La Cubierta, Leganés, Spain
36 Win 34–1–1 Colombia Alvaro Moreno Gamboa KO 2 (12) 5 Oct 2005 Spain La Línea de la Concepción, Spain Retained WBC Latino light middleweight title
35 Win 33–1–1 Georgia (country) Albert Airapetian KO 11 (12) 4 Mar 2005 Spain León, Spain Won WBC Latino light middleweight title
34 Win 32–1–1 Portugal Jorge Teixeira Pina TKO 5 (8), 0:23 7 Jan 2005 Spain Pabellón Municipal, Lugo, Spain
33 Win 31–1–1 United Kingdom Richard Williams TKO 9 (12) 17 Apr 2004 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained IBO light middleweight title
32 Win 30–1–1 United Kingdom Adrian Stone KO 12 (12), 1:50 9 Oct 2003 United Kingdom Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, England Retained IBO light middleweight title
31 Win 29–1–1 United Kingdom Richard Williams UD 12 21 Jun 2003 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England Won IBO light middleweight title
30 Win 28–1–1 Ghana Frank Oppong UD 8 9 May 2003 Spain La Cubierta Palazo de Toros, Leganés, Spain
29 Win 27–1–1 Nicaragua Miguel Angel Perez KO 1 (8) 7 Feb 2003 Spain Cubierta de Leganes, Madrid, Spain
28 Win 26–1–1 Romania Vasile Surcica UD 8 12 Jul 2002 Spain Campo de Futbol Las Americas, Parla, Spain
27 Win 25–1–1 Colombia Alvaro Moreno Gamboa UD 8 26 Apr 2002 Spain Barcelona, Spain
26 Win 24–1–1 Argentina Francisco Antonio Mora UD 10 2 Feb 2002 Argentina Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina
25 Win 23–1–1 Argentina Sergio Ernesto Acuna TKO 7 (12), 1:47 27 Oct 2001 Argentina Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained ABF welterweight title
24 Win 22–1–1 Argentina Javier Alejandro Blanco UD 10 8 Sep 2001 Argentina Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina Won vacant ABF welterweight title
23 Win 21–1–1 Argentina Enrique Areco RTD 8 (8), 0:01 14 Jul 2001 Argentina Ce.De.M. N° 2, Caseros, Argentina
22 Win 20–1–1 Argentina Elbio Felipe Gonzlaez TKO 6 (10) 19 May 2001 Argentina Nueve de Julio, Argentina
21 Win 19–1–1 Argentina Adrian Walter Daneff KO 4 (12) 16 Jun 2000 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina Won vacant WBO Latino welterweight title
20 Win 18–1–1 Argentina Javier Alejandro Blanco UD 8 5 May 2000 Argentina Santa Rosa, Argentina
19 Win 17–1–1 Argentina Raul Eduardo Bejarano UD 6 15 Apr 2000 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina
18 Loss 16–1–1 Mexico Antonio Margarito TKO 7 (10), 2:57 19 Feb 2000 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 16–0–1 Argentina Paulo Alejandro Sanchez UD 10 22 Oct 1999 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina
16 Win 15–0–1 Argentina Silvio Walter Rojas UD 10 9 Oct 1999 Argentina Círculo General Belgrano, Ciudad Evita, Argentina
15 Win 14–0–1 Argentina Walter Fabian Saporiti TKO 2 (8) 11 Sep 1999 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina
14 Win 13–0–1 Argentina Ariel Gabriel Chaves UD 10 28 Aug 1999 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina
13 Win 12–0–1 Argentina Paulo Alejandro Sanchez UD 10 17 Jul 1999 Argentina Villa Dominico, Argentina
12 Win 11–0–1 Argentina Silvio Walter Rojas UD 10 26 Jun 1999 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina
11 Win 10–0–1 Bolivia Elio Vaca Anglarill UD 8 15 May 1999 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina
10 Win 9–0–1 Argentina Jose Antonio Perez UD 8 17 Apr 1999 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina
9 Win 8–0–1 Argentina Ignacio Ramon Caceres RTD 4 (6) 19 Mar 1999 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina
8 Win 7–0–1 Argentina Arnaldo Gabriel Molina RTD 5 (6) 5 Mar 1999 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina
7 Win 6–0–1 Argentina Gabriel Leonidas Leiva TKO 3 (8) 4 Dec 1998 Argentina Estudios Canal 9, Buenos Aires, Argentina
6 Win 5–0–1 Argentina Luis Alberto Baldomir RTD 5 (6) 4 Sep 1998 Argentina Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 Win 4–0–1 Argentina Juan Mauricio Marino UD 6 22 Aug 1998 Argentina Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 Win 3–0–1 Argentina Mario Javier Nieva UD 6 25 Jul 1998 Argentina Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 Draw 2–0–1 Argentina Juan Mauricio Marino PTS 4 14 Mar 1998 Argentina Estudios América TV, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 Win 2–0 Argentina Julio Cesar Villalva TKO 1 (6) 20 Feb 1998 Argentina Cipolletti, Argentina
1 Win 1–0 Argentina Cristian Marcelo Vivas DQ 2 (6) 27 Dec 1997 Argentina Ituzaingó, Argentina Professional debut

Pay-per-view bouts

Date Fight Billing Buys Network
September 15, 2012 Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez Chavez Jr-Martinez 475,000 HBO
June 7, 2014 Cotto vs. Martinez Cotto-Martinez 350,000[30] HBO

Personal life

Martinez still resides in Madrid, Spain. He is divorced and once dated sports commentator Silvana Carsetti.[31]


Martinez has been presented with an award for helping bullied children. He has also championed the cause of domestic violence against women. He attended a news conference to support legislation involving the Violence Against Women Act. Martinez was quoted as saying: "With domestic violence, no one wanted to touch the subject with a 10-foot pole. I was interested in the issue that a boxer, who dishes out violence, could also be thoughtful and do something and people would listen to someone like me. I thought I could have the most impact by speaking out on the issue."[9]

See also


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  3. ^ "Sergio Martinez Is WBC Boxer of the Year". thesweetscience.com. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sergio Martinez v Sergiy Dzinziruk preview". Crunch Sports. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Final Thoughts on Pavlik-Martinez". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  6. ^ http://hojasdelsur.com/Corazon-de-Rey.html
  7. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/sampson-aims-sergio-martinez-meeting-on-future--79461
  8. ^ Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez. dbe1.com
  9. ^ a b Bob Velin (15 March 2012). "Martinez champions fight against bullying outside the ring". USA TODAY. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sergio Martinez Part One: A King Goes in Search of his Crown". Dog House Boxing. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Sergio Martinez: Better late than never". The Ring. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d Boxrec. "Sergio Gabriel Martinez". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 26 January 2008. 
  13. ^ "Sergio Martinez Part Two: The General Crowns his King". The Ring. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Boxing: Brodie defies eye damage to overpower Argentinian opponent". The Independent. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Martinez robbed of win against Cintron". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Martinez now jr. middleweight champ". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "Martinez proves his worth against Pavlik". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  18. ^ "Pavlik to move up in weight". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  19. ^ "WBO strips Martinez of title". ESPN. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  20. ^ "Martinez stays at middleweight". ESPN. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  21. ^ "Boxing – Martinez KOs Dzinziruk". Fightnews.com. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  22. ^ Rafael, Dan (19 September 2012). Multiple injuries idle Sergio Martinez, ESPN.com. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  23. ^ Rafael, Dan (17 October 2012). Sergio Martinez to Have Knee Surgery, ESPN.com. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  24. ^ ESPN staff (20 September 2012). Chavez fails drug test after Martinez defeat, ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  25. ^ Bob Velin (5 October 2012). "Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fined $20K, suspended by WBC". TheNewsStar. 2012 www.thenewsstar.com. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  26. ^ Rafael, Dan (14 November 2012). Surgery for Martinez 'perfect', ESPN.com. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  27. ^ Gowar, Rex (11 November 2012). Martinez to defend title against Briton Murray – reports, Reuters. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  28. ^ http://grantland.com/the-triangle/miguel-cotto-sergio-martinez-middleweight-championship-floyd-mayweather-jr-canelo-alvarez-madison-square-garden
  29. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/sergio-martinez-announces-retirement-from-boxing--92290
  30. ^ "Cotto-Martinez PPV 'underperformed'". Espn.go.com. 
  31. ^ "No sé si iría a la revancha de Maravilla – Tiempo de San Juan". tiempodesanjuan.com. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 

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