After battling his share of adversity over the years, Sergio Martinez is finally getting the recognition he deserves as one of the pound-for-pound best boxers around.
The Argentine looked awesome during his last outing against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., giving the then undefeated Mexican a boxing lesson. Martinez received a unanimous vote from the ring-side judges afterwards, securing the WBC middleweight belt.
Currently 37 years-old, Martinez doesn’t plan to stick around for much longer, and there’s a pretty decent chance he’ll hang up his gloves when his current three-fight contract with HBO expires.
“Sometimes, I think [about the fact] that I have nine belts at home. I feel that there is a lot that I [accomplished],” Martinez said, per Boxingscene.com. “What else can I accomplish? I signed a contract with HBO for three more fights that [are probably going to] be the last of my career, including April 27. Boxing is losing prominence in my life. I’m currently living during a great period [of my life] where I cannot afford to lose any motivation or desire to keep winning. So today that is stronger than any other feeling [in my body].”
Martinez is currently scheduled to face Britain’s Martin Murray on April 27, and he plans to follow that up with a rematch against Chavez Jr. in September. If Martinez sticks to his plan, that means he’ll face one more opponent before he calls it quits.
Martinez’ journey to the top of boxing’s rankings hasn’t been easy, and it’s somewhat unfair that he won’t get that much time to enjoy his success. At the same time, retirement in the next few years is probably for the best.
Hopefully, Martinez will go out with a bang, and close out his career with a bout against Andre Ward. The weight disparity between the two will be a tough hurdle to overcome, but they just might be able to find an agreeable catch-weight.