Sergio Martinez Back To The Gym In March

Sergio-MartinezOne of my all-time faves from a personal standpoint, ultra-gent Sergio Martinez, who took up the sport at age 20 and was able to refine his technique to become a pound for pound top tenner, still has boxing in his blood, and will be testing out his body to see if his vessel matches that level of competitive fire which still courses through the 39-year-old Argentina native.

You’ll recall things didn’t go swimmingly for Maravilla (51-3-2) on June 7, when he put his WBC 160 pound belt up for grabs against Miguel Cotto, in a Super Fight which looked aces on paper, but turned into a nightmare session for Martinez, who got buzzed early and then couldn’t clear the cobwebs.

His mobility was compromised, as his oft-injured and rehabbed right knee barked defiantly at him,  and because of that, his defense suffered mightily. He was down three times in a Chuck Giampa TV debut of a first round and hit the deck in the ninth. After a corner discussion, the plug was pulled before the tenth started.

Team Martinez’ Nathan Lewkowicz told me that Martinez, promoted by New York dealmaker Lou DiBella, is going to see how his body, his sometimes balky knees especially, hold up when he gets back to a grind. “He goes back to the gym in March,” he said.

“Essentially he’ll see how he feels and if he can train at the same level like he used to,” said Lewkowicz, who also told me he is psyched that Team Lewkowicz just signed 9-0 Mexican future star Jairo Llanes. “Then a comeback fight if all goes well.”

Martinez turns 40 on Feb. 21; I’m of the mind that fighters are born a different breed. The desire for combat doesn’t leave them easily. So if our man wants to glove up again, and his body cooperates, then rock on…

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-Radam G :

I agree! Rock on, BABEE! But Ser-Mart will also get rocked. He will only reach 40 percent of his former highest level. Holla!


-Carmine Cas :

I hope he comes back stronger, the Dark Knight Rises.....hehehehe


-amayseng :

Good for him, do what you love as long as you can. I think a few tune up fights are in order, give the guy a chance to get the rust off.


-stormcentre :

The Masters Apprentices once sang; . . ""do what you want to do and be what you want to be."" I once told the same line to a university lecturer who, both questioned my interest in boxing and in turn responded with, ""do what you want to do and be what you want to be - but accept the consequences."" I was supporting a black eye from sparring, and even though I didn't mind the guy I thought his response was pretty cool. Hope it goes OK for Martinez. His style relies on a lot of athleticism, and even aside from the fact that that kind of fitness is hard(er) to come by when the earth has spun its tilted course around the sun more than 35 times since you were born - there is the consideration ("Contemplation"? Rios?) that no fighter's confidence can securely rest upon stamina that resembles a sink hole when prodded. Still, there are enough (interim, regular, irregular, transgender, Silver, bogus) middleweight straps and champions out there, one could easily justify saying; ""why not?"" "Father Time", as always, will tell us which course this one takes. :cool:


-The Commish :

The Masters Apprentices once sang; . . ""do what you want to do and be what you want to be."" I once told the same line to a university lecturer who, both questioned my interest in boxing and in turn responded with, ""do what you want to do and be what you want to be - but accept the consequences."" I was supporting a black eye from sparring, and even though I didn't mind the guy I thought his response was pretty cool. Hope it goes OK for Martinez. His style relies on a lot of athleticism, and even aside from the fact that that kind of fitness is hard(er) to come by when the earth has spun its tilted course around the sun more than 35 times since you were born - there is the consideration ("Contemplation"? Rios?) that no fighter's confidence can securely rest upon stamina that resembles a sink hole when prodded. Still, there are enough (interim, regular, irregular, transgender, Silver, bogus) middleweight straps and champions out there, one could easily justify saying; ""why not?"" "Father Time", as always, will tell us which course this one takes. :cool:
Father Time. He has been very kind--when it comes to boxing--to both of the Klitschko Brothers, to Bernard Hopkins and George Foreman. To MOST others, Father Time says "Boxing is not for those over 35." Sergio Martinez will be a few months past his 40th birthday when he fights again. There is no reason to think he will be in Mike Alvarado condition for his comeback, but also no reason to speculate that he will be as good as he ever was. It can't happen. Oh, Maravilla will be prepared, both physically and mentally, but he cannot possibly be better than he was 10--or even five--years earlier. As stormcenter said, "Father Time will tell us which course this one (Maravilla's comeback) takes." History doesn't bode well for what's ahead for Martinez. -Randy G.


-Froggy :

Martinez is one of my all time favorites also ! I hope his body co-operates with him, but I have my doubts !