What Did Sergio Martinez’s Return Fight Accomplish?
Sergio Martinez is happy with his successful return to the boxing ring.
Martinez had not been seen since June 7, 2014. He was stopped by Miguel Cotto in the tenth round, losing the WBC Middleweight Championship in the process. Martinez made the decision to retire after Cotto snapped his seven-fight winning streak.
On August 21, 2020, “Maravilla” returned to the boxing ring for a bout with Jose Miguel Fandino in Spain. Martinez won the fight via seventh-round TKO. Speaking to Boxeo desde Adentro, Martinez revealed what the victory means to him (h/t Boxing Scene).
“It was a fantastic fight,” Martinez said. “This fight was a rebirth. A kind of debut. I was able to recover sensations and refresh my memory little by little. It was a fantastic fight.”
Martinez admitted that he needed a bit of a refresher on the sweet science.
“So many years have passed since my first fight that there is little I remember. This fight was wonderful. I was able to position myself inside the ring and carry out a strategy.”
Martinez also noted that the choice in opponent was well thought out. The former world champion didn’t want to face someone who posed a great threat at this stage of his return. Martinez said he hopes to fight again this year.
With the victory over Fandino, Martinez improved his pro boxing record to 52-3-2. It’s a solid start for the 45-year-old on his comeback trail. Martinez had initially retired due to his age and nagging knee injuries. With a significant amount of time to rest, Martinez may have healed up enough to be competitive to some degree. In the era of “superfights,” perhaps Martinez is in the right place at the right time.