Maravilla: ‘I decided to keep fighting and win back the world title’
Argentine boxer and former World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez announced today he will continue with his boxing career and try to recover the world title he lost to Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden last June.
39 year-old Martínez was thought to quit boxing after the humiliating title defense against Puerto Rican Cotto in the US, but today he confirmed otherwise, in his first public statement since the fight.
“I decided to keep boxing and erase the terrible memory I have of the fight versus Cotto,” Martínez told reporters in Madrid.
“Maravilla” revealed he will attempt to pick a rival from the WBC top 10 positions, in order to be able to claim a fight with Cotto.
Martínez manager Sampson Lewkowicz informed today “Maravilla” says he feels “100% healthy” and that he will undergo full medical examinations to make sure he is on optimal conditions.
“Against Cotto Maravilla was heavily punched in the stomach during the first round. After that Sergio had little to no control of his body and legs. He fought with instinct alone,” Lewkowicz explained as regards the loss versus the now WBC champion.
“It was the worst night of his life. But he will come back to prove he is a great boxer who just had one dreadful night,” he added.
Meanwhile, Martínez agent for the US Lou DiBella commented he still believes in Sergio and that he is positive “Maravilla” will be able to arrange a fight to win back the title.
“He recovered once before when he lost to Antonio Margarito. He can do it again. He deserves the shot,” DiBella said.