Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs), a four-time world titlist in three weight divisions, lost his second consecutive bout to WBA junior middleweight champion “No Doubt” Austin Trout on December 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Comparatively, Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs), a menacing southpaw who has long been actively involved in domestic violence and anti-bullying causes, last fought on September 15 when he defeated Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. by a unanimous decision to capture the WBC middleweight belt at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 5-foot-10, 158 pound Martinez, who has also dabbled professionally as a cyclist and soccer player and only began throwing fists at the late age of 20, will next defend The Ring and WBC middleweight titles against unbeaten British contender Martin Murray on April 27 in Buenos Aires.
“Of course (I would consider it), but we would have to check the whole business (of the offer) first and then we’ll decide what way we’re going to go,” said Cotto, 32, a surefire, yet shopworn, future Hall of Famer. “We always check what are the best options available to us and the best option available for our next fight – we’re going to get to it. (I’ll be back) between November and December of this year, we’ll come back to the ring again and check how Miguel Cotto is doing. About a year and a half, two years – that’s all that Miguel Cotto has. Three more fights, that’s all, and then Miguel Cotto will hang (up) his gloves and enjoy life with the family.”
Martinez, the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” who is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the fourth preeminent pound-for-pound boxer in the world, sustained a partially torn meniscus in his right knee and a broken left hand while utterly outclassing the 27-year-old Chavez (46-1-1-1, 32 KOs) for 11 rounds.
Regardless, the native Argentinean will overcome the dangerous 30-year-old Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs) this spring.
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 and recently turning 38, absolutely nothing indicates that Martinez is diminishing in the squared circle.
In stark contrast, Cotto, whose face was grotesquely battered and reddened by Trout (26-0, 14 KOs), has endured years of excessively brutal battles and the badass scrapper should retire from prizefighting.
Rather than challenging Martinez, “Miguel Cotto (should) hang (up) his gloves and enjoy life with the family.”
Sergio Martinez would badly bludgeon Miguel Cotto and the Puerto Rican’s health would be in constant jeopardy in such a mismatched fistfight.by