By Rudy Mondragon
Argentinian WBC middleweight champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) has never been one to shy away from the best competition. His career has consisted of moving up in weight, chasing champions who were willing to risk their belts against him. Fighting at the 160 lbs limit is good for him, but lets remember that Martinez is a true light middleweight.
Although he sustained injuries in his most recent fight against Martin Murray, Sergio is already campaigning to fight the winner of the Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez fight.
In a recent interview posted on boxingscene, Martinez stated that “it is a very good option (to wait for the winner of that fight). Floyd is the best fighter pound for pound, and Canelo, if he wins, would become of the best pound for pound fighters. My idea is to always fight the best, not turn away from anyone and I would be ready to face the winner.”
A fight with either one of those fighters would require him to come back down to his light middleweight form. He has not been at that weight since fighting Kermit Cintron in 2009. However, Martinez is a fighter who maintains good form whether he is in or out of training camp. The real question is whether or not he will be healed from his recent injuries. This late into his career and at age 38, healing will require serious time and therapy.
Time is no doubt on his side. He has the rest of the year to rest and also study Floyd and Saul. What Sergio needs to do however is convince the promoters, financial advisors and the people of boxing that this is the fight (between Floyd or Canelo) that needs to happen in 2014.