The 39 year old Sergio Martinez hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina and is the current Lineal, The Ring, and WBC middleweight champion. He was previously a light middleweight division champion. Martinez holds the distinction of being rated as the number 5 pound for pound boxer in the world by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and Yahoo Sports. In 2010 The Ring and BWAA named him ?Fighter of the Year? and he was also honored by The Ring for the ?Knockout of the Year.? In both 2010 and 2012 he was named World Boxing Council ?Boxer of the Year.? Martinez holds career wins against such champions as Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Sergiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker, and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Sergio Martinez opened as a -220 favorite with the Boxing odds against Miguel Cotto for their June 6 WBC middleweight title bout that will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
From Being Bullied to Being Champion
Martinez is the son of a construction and metal worker and suffered from the experience of being bullied in what was described as a ?dirt poor rural village.? Martinez was proficient at cycling and soccer and took up boxing relatively late at the age of 20. Martinez was trained by his uncle once he took up boxing and became professional in December of 1997. His first 17 fights were low level matchups in Argentina before he moved to the United States for higher caliber competition. Finally, in 2008 Martinez claimed the Interim WBC Light Middleweight title as he defeated Alex Bunema in an 8th round retirement
Sergio Martinez was to meet Ring Middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik for the lineal, WBC and WBO titles in Atlantic City on April 17, 2010. Martinez scored a unanimous decision win as he was able to overcome a 7th round knockdown by dominating the rest of the action. Martinez next scored an unforgettable knockout over Paul Williams and won his next 5 bouts that followed.
A Crowd Pleaser
Martinez is a fast moving southpaw that is athletic and daring. He has been a leader in the cause to end bullying of children and has led the fight against domestic violence.
Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank