The Ring and WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is planning to defend his belts on April 27 at a venue to be determined in the Argentinean’s native country.
“Martin Murray is the desired opponent, as long as he wins his upcoming fight,” said Martinez promoter Lou DiBella, 52, a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School. “There’s a huge competitive thing between Argentina and the Brits.”
The 30-year-old Murray (24-0-1, 10 KOs), a standout amateur pugilist who was born in St. Helens, is next slated to battle Venezuelan Jorge Navarro on November 24 at the Manchester Arena in England.
After suffering a partially torn meniscus while defeating Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. by a unanimous decision to capture the WBC middleweight title on September 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 37-year-old Martinez decided to have arthroscopic surgery on his injured right knee on Monday in Spain.
Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs), the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” who is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the fourth preeminent pound-for-pound boxer in the world, also sustained a broken left hand while utterly outclassing the 26-year-old Chavez (46-1-1-1, 32 KOs) for 11 rounds.
“Sergio will be ready by April. He will have plenty of time to recuperate for a fight then,” said DiBella. “Sergio is a giant superstar in Argentina now. One of the venues being discussed is a 50,000-seat soccer stadium with a retractable roof.”
Provided the explosive southpaw, who also dabbled professionally as a cyclist and soccer player and only began boxing at the late age of 20, overwhelms Murray or a comparable opponent this spring, the 37-year-old Martinez may again batter Chavez, a suspended pothead, next September on Mexican Independence Day weekend.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“Sergio is a truly great fighter,” said Perron, 76, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “The only men he couldn’t take today are (Floyd) Mayweather and (Andre) Ward.”
Despite graying a tad, absolutely nothing indicates that Martinez, who has long been actively involved in domestic violence and anti-bullying causes, is diminishing in the squared circle.
Therefore, expect the great Sergio Martinez to trump both Martin Murray and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. within a span of roughly five months in 2013.by